Evolution in Schools

Creationism Follies: The 2012-2013 Edition

Creationism Follies: The 2012-2013 Edition

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 11:53am
This past April, when an image of a fourth-grade science quiz on dinosaurs went viral, many people did not believe it was real. The incredible quiz asked students to affirm that the earth is not billions of years old, that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time, and that fossils were caused by a global flood. The quiz ended by asking, "Next time someone says that the earth is billions or millions of years old, what can you say?" The correct answer: "Were you there?" In fact, the quiz was authentic and had been administered by a private Christian school in South Carolina. While the quiz is plainly contradicted by universally accepted scientific research, religious schools are well within their First Amendment rights to indoctrinate students in this manner. But a look back at the recently concluded school year provides a stark reminder that it's not only private schools promoting religious beliefs and bad science to students: Creationism abounds in public schools as well.
March Madness: Tennessee Legislature Takes Another Shot at Undermining Evolution Education

March Madness: Tennessee Legislature Takes Another Shot at Undermining Evolution Education

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 4:32pm

March may mean only one thing — the NCAA tournament — for basketball fans, but for Tennessee legislators, March means the revival of a state tradition that is not so worthy of celebration: attacking the teaching of evolution in public…

Tennessee's Evolution Two-Step

By Heather L. Weaver, ACLU Program on Freedom of Religion and Belief at 11:39am

If it’s true that timing is everything in dance, then Tennessee legislators could use a few more lessons if they ever hope to perfect the evolution two-step they are performing this week. Today marks the 86th anniversary of the Butler Act,…

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