"Evolution isn't just a story about where we came from. It's an epic at the center of life itself."

Kenneth R. Miller, President of NCSE's Board of Directors and Professor of Biology at Brown University

#WhyTeachEvolution

Millions of students don't get an accurate science education

How do we know?

The National Center for Science Education believes they deserve better.

The Root of the Problem

Science teachers recognize that evolution and climate change are widely misunderstood or rejected in many places.

Teaching these topics without specific training is challenging. Many teachers avoid these well-established yet culturally controversial areas of science to avoid conflict.

60% of high school biology teachers teach evolution inaccurately or inadequately.

Read the Study

40% of middle and high school teachers teach climate change inaccurately.

Read the Study

How We Help

The National Center for Science Education:

Our Impact

Supporting Teachers

47
Teacher Ambassadors across 29 states and Puerto Rico

Breaking Down Barriers

10
Graduate Student Outreach Fellows in 7 states

Catalyzing Action

12
States with anti-science education legislative activity in 2019

More from NCSE

February 27, 2020
Senate Bill 1970, introduced in the New Jersey Senate on February 25, 2020, would, if enacted, require local school districts to include information on climate change in their curricula and to adopt instructional materials that "accurately portray changes in weather and climate patterns over time,…
February 25, 2020
Senate File 3517, introduced in the Minnesota Senate on February 24, 2020, would, if enacted, require public school districts in the state "to embed climate change education throughout all subject areas, not just in science curriculum" and allocate $1 million yearly to do so. Sponsored by Charles…
February 24, 2020
Do you have an interesting story about evolution that you’d like to share with the world? Scientists and science educators of all stripes — students, postdocs, faculty, and full- or part-time science communicators — are invited to enter the Ninth Annual Evolution Video Competition, sponsored by the…
February 24, 2020
Connecticut's House Bill 5215 (PDF), introduced by the Joint Committee on Education on February 20, 2020, would amend the Connecticut General Statutes to require the teaching of climate change in science classes consistent with the Next Generation Science Standards (which Connecticut adopted in…
February 18, 2020
House File 2184, introduced on January 30, 2020, and referred to the House Education Committee, would, if enacted, require the state board of education to adopt a code of ethics to prevent public school teachers in the state from engaging in what it describes as "political or ideological…
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