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.

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

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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

January 27, 2020
Senate Bill 7341, introduced by Andrew Gounardes (D-District 22) in the New York Senate on January 21, 2020, and referred to the Senate Committee on Education, would, if enacted, require the establishment of "a model environmental curriculum on climate change to be taught in all public elementary…
January 27, 2020
NCSE's Glenn Branch and Lin Andrews contributed "Climate change education: Are your teachers prepared?" to District Administration, a trade publication for education leaders in public K-12 school districts. Observing that "the reality of anthropogenic climate change is explicitly…
January 23, 2020
Why teach evolution? Here is one reason, from the introduction to the textbook, Evolution, that I coauthored: Because closely related organisms tend to have similar biological features, evolutionary classification can help predict the biology of an organism through comparison with its…
January 22, 2020
South Dakota's Senate Bill 59, which would allow the misrepresentation of science in the classroom, was introduced on January 21, 2020. If enacted, SB 59 would provide, "No teacher may be prohibited from assisting students to understand, analyze, critique, or review, in an objective scientific…
January 21, 2020
Why teach evolution? Let me answer this question, first, as an educator, and, second, as a Christian theologian interested in the relationship of science to religion. As an educator I believe students need to understand the story of life on our planet accurately. By ignoring evolution, schools and…
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