NABT reaffirms the importance of evolution in science education

The National Association of Biology Teachers recently released a revised version of its position statement on teaching evolution.

Describing the teaching of evolution as "a necessary foundational framework for understanding our natural world" and "a necessary part of teaching biology in an effective, detailed, and scientifically and pedagogically authentic matter," the statement calls on science educators to "accurately represent evolution."

The statement rejects "creation science," "scientific creationism," and "intelligent design" as "outside the scope of science" and not fit for the science curriculum, while also affirming that evolution is "neither 'controversial,' nor in need of 'critical analysis' or special attention for any supposed 'strengths and weaknesses' any more than any other scientific idea."

A host of statements like NABT's is contained in Voices for Evolution, NCSE's collection of organizational statements supporting the teaching of evolution.

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.

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