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to Arms' on Evolution; NSTA Express Survey Reveals Science
Teachers Feel Pressure to Teach Nonscientific Alternatives to Evolution
Results of the
NSTA Express survey on evolution were the topic of a USA
Today article on March 24, which indicated that one third of
teachers feel pressured to include creationism-related ideas in
the classroom. The story also reported on the ‘Call to Arms’
by the science community to defend teaching evolution.
to you now because of a growing threat to the teaching of science,”
National Academy of Sciences chief Bruce Alberts says in a letter
to colleagues March 4. He calls on academy members “to confront
the increasing challenges to the teaching of evolution in public
schools." The nation's top scientists belong to the National
Academy of Sciences.
percent of teachers responding to the NSTA Express survey
said they feel pressured to include creationism, intelligent design,
or other nonscientific alternatives to evolution in the science
classroom. Teachers indicated most of the pressure comes from students
(22%) and parents (20%). 30% of the respondents agreed they feel
pushed to de-emphasize or omit evolution or evolution-related topics
from their curriculum, indicating the most pressure is coming from
students and parents. Very few respondents indicated they felt pressured
to include creationism by administrators or principals (5% and 3%
To read the
press release on the survey results, go to http://www.nsta.org/nstaexpress/nstaexpress_2005_03_28_pressrelease.htm.
Thanks to the 1,050 NSTA Express readers who took the survey.
Stop Faking It! Title Debuts with Convention Author Signing;
Mark Your Calendars to Buy Ten-Minute Field Trips at 30%
Discount Online Starting April 1
author of the Stop Faking It! Finally Understanding Science
So You Can Teach It series, will be on hand at NSTA’s
Dallas Convention (March 31-April 3), to sign Air, Water, &
Weather, his just-off-the press book from NSTA Press. If you’re
going to the convention, check the agenda for Bill’s sessions
on Friday, April 2, and stop in at the Science Store from 4-5 p.m.
to purchase titles in the series, meet him, and take home your signed
copy. Not going to the convention? Give it a browse and order at
the online Science Store at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB169X6.
When you buy
NSTA Press’s best-selling Ten-Minute Field Trips
for a 30% online savings starting this Friday, you’ll be on
your way to leading your class on any of 200-plus short, close-to-home
field trips that explore new dimensions of familiar spaces and objects.
Teachers of K-8 will find this book ideal in all school environments—urban,
suburban, and rural. Purchase it online at http://store.nsta.org/showItem.asp?product=PB020X,
but wait until April 1 to get the discount price. (For the last
few days of the March online special title, Dig In! Hands-On
Soil Investigations, for teachers of K-4, go to http://www.nsta.org/onlinespecial2.)
Don’t Wait ‘til Fall for your
July ’05 journal… We’ll Send it to You at Home
if You Update Your Member Information Now
first-ever July editions of NSTA’s member journals were a
very popular addition to science teachers’ summer activities
because--as you’ve told us in readership studies and focus
groups--summer is your best time to catch up on reading and begin
planning for next school year. To get your July 2005 issue on time,
update your member information, and make sure we have your home
address (or we’ll send it to the address at which you currently
receive your journals). Visit http://www.nsta.org/update
(you’ll need your member I.D. number from your journal mailing
label) or e-mail us at email@example.com.
do Bubble Physics, Forensics Activities, Bill Nye Music, Evolution,
and Chemistry Textbooks Have in Common?
These were just
a few topics being discussed last week on NSTA’s member-only
listserv. Subscribers ask questions and share information about
topics that are important to them and receive solutions they can
use in the classroom right away.
Members can select from 10 listserv topics including biology, chemistry,
computer science, Earth science, elementary, environmental science,
general science, physical science, physics, and technology education.
Don’t miss out on this virtual networking opportunity available
to you 24/7. To subscribe, visit http://www.nsta.org/listservsabout
for complete details.
Not a member? Join today. Visit http://www.nsta.org/join.
Summer Events At Your Fingertips
Check out the
NSTA Online Calendar
for the latest science-related events and activities. This information-packed
service is great if you are looking for a specific summer program,
grant, or workshop in the field of science. Visitors can search
by category, grade level, or region, or submit their own upcoming
event. Don’t miss out. Visit http://www.nsta.org/calendar
today and click “Summer Institute.”
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