Science Is Constantly Evolving

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February 13, 2020
NCSE's #WhyTeachEvolution campaign, intended to draw attention to the critical importance of teaching evolution in our nation's schools, culminated on Darwin Day — February 12, 2020. As part of the campaign, NCSE asked scientists, educators, authors, and science fans to write brief essays…
February 13, 2020
Despite the advice of a group of the United Kingdom's leading scientists and educators, the new national curriculum for Wales neither increases the amount of evolution in the curriculum nor explicitly prohibits the teaching of creationism, according to Humanists UK (January 28, 2020). Humanists UK…
February 11, 2020
As community college professors, and current and former National Association of Biology Teachers leaders, we teach evolution because an understanding of this critical concept and process helps our students not only to comprehend the historical context of life, but also to interpret current topics…
February 11, 2020
It’s not only important to teach evolution; it’s important to teach all of evolution. It’s not only true that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution,” as Dobzhansky said. It’s that so much more in biology makes sense when all of evolution is taught. Here’…
February 11, 2020
I spent a lot of years studying the 1918 influenza virus. I was part of the team that deciphered the genetic sequence of the virus from preserved lung samples. These samples came from U.S. soldiers who died of the flu and from a native Alaskan woman buried in permafrost who died when the virus…
February 11, 2020
Over 20 years ago, I first read the book Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science, published by the National Academies Press. While I had already been a teacher for several years, my teaching lacked coherence, which I immediately recognized as I studied this book. Even though I…
February 10, 2020
Why teach evolution? This is a wonderful question to ask about any topic in science. The curriculum has always been crowded, so it is vital that science classes focus on important subjects of interest and importance, always pruning and adding to the syllabus. As other writers in this series point…
February 9, 2020
“What does evolution have to do with anatomy?” This was a regular question from the students in my introductory anatomy classes. We used a textbook by Kenneth Saladin, which is one of the very few that provides any evolutionary context at all for human anatomy and physiology. Saladin’s book lists “…
February 7, 2020
The first thought that popped into my head when starting to answer the question “Why teach evolution?” was how would you teach biology without teaching evolution? Or any life science for that matter? I began to consider this possibility further and examined my own yearly lesson plans from when I…
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