Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Evolution and Georgia According to this short article in the New York Times, the National Science Teachers Association is holding a major conference in Atlanta starting April 1. It's an ironic choice of venue given that earlier this year Georgia's Superintendant of Schools tried to have the word ``evolution'' removed from the state science standards. The article is quick to point out that the site of the conference was chosen years in advance. Here's an excerpt:

The date and site were chosen seven years ago, long before Georgia considered removing the word ``evolution'' from the state curriculum. But the recent debate has made Atlanta an interesting setting for a meeting of the nation's science teachers.

The role of evolution in state science standards will be part of several panel discussions for the 15,000 science teachers attending the four-day conference that begins Thursday at the Georgia World Congress Center.

Gerry Wheeler, executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, the event sponsor, said there are at least 10 U.S. cities wrestling with the evolution issue, so those at the conference will be anxious to hear what's going on in Georgia.

``The challenge is to know what good science is,'' Wheeler said.

Over the last year, officials in Minnesota, Oklahoma, Montana and Ohio have all grappled with the issue of how to teach evolution in the classroom.


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