Releases Third Edition of Science, Evolution, and Creationism
On January 4,
the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and the Institute of Medicine
(IOM) released Science, Evolution, and Creationism, the
third edition of a publication first issued in 1984 and updated
in 1999. The updated version provides a comprehensive and up-to-date
picture of the current scientific understanding of evolution and
its importance in the science classroom.
documents the overwhelming evidence in support of biological evolution
and evaluates the alternative perspectives offered by advocates
of various kinds of creationism, including intelligent design. It
also presents the scientific and legal reasons for not teaching
creationist ideas in science classes. "Teaching creationist
ideas in science class confuses students about what constitutes
science and what does not," states the Committee on Revising
Science and Creationism in a press release on the publication.
Evolution, and Creationism makes clear, the evidence for evolution
can be fully compatible with religious faith. Science and religion
are different ways of understanding the world. Needlessly placing
them in opposition reduces the potential of each to contribute to
a better future," the book says.
For more information
on the book, visit www.nationalacademies.org.
the Gap in Your Skills and Become the Best You Can Be
Join NSTA at
the 56th Annual National Conference on Science Education, March
27-30, 2008, “Science:
Bridge to the Future.” This event offers educators a wide
range of professional development opportunities in every discipline
and in all grade bands. Below are a few examples.
Learn new strategies
to increase science literacy through the use of science notebooks
in sessions such as Can You Hear Me Now? Creating Students'
Voice Through Science Notebooks! and Science Notebooks
Assessing Student Understanding.
You Can!" Lessons on Learning from the Women of MIT and Girls
at the Center—Promising Practices, Practical Resources, Powerful
Outcomes to review research and present strategies that encourage
girls to embrace science education
to introduce students to “green” initiatives in the
science classroom through It's Easy Being Green! Student Led
Green School Activities and Planning for a Green School: Building
for Learning and the Earth.
When you broaden
your content knowledge and learn new ways to reach your students,
you’re defining yourself as a great teacher and improving
performance in the classroom. You can even get graduate credit for
attending 12 hours of conference programs.
For more information
or to register, visit www.nsta.org/boston.
Officials Debate Creationist Online Master Degree in Science Education
A Texas Higher
Education Coordinating Board is deciding whether to approve
a Bible-based master’s degree in science education. “Approval
for the degree is being sought by the Institute for Creation Research’s
graduate school, which has been offering science and science education
degrees online under California law. But the nonprofit group is
moving to Dallas, where new rules apply,” writes Education
Week reporter Bess Keller.
Scientist Discusses Cloning on NSTA Podcast
an extra week off for the holidays, NSTA's podcast Lab Out Loud
is back with another exciting episode. Brian and Dale's guest is
Shoukhrat Mitalipov, whose team cloned a rhesus monkey and used
the resulting embryo to create stem cells. This was number 9 in
the ABC News "top ten stories of 2007" list. Click
here to listen!
Closes Soon for January Seminars on Science
up by January 14 for the Spring 1 session of online
science courses provided by the American Museum of Natural History.
Six courses are being offered, including the newest, “The
Solar System.” Seminars on Science provides
an interesting and quick way to fulfill your professional development
needs. For teachers who are working towards a degree, certification,
NCLB requirements or salary grade improvement, graduate credit is
available from several leading institutions.
1 courses include Evolution; Earth: Inside and Out; The Ocean
System; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; and Space, Time
and Motion. Come away from your class with a deeper understanding
of both the science and the tools of scientific inquiry. Courses
are user-friendly and flexible enough to fit into a teacher’s
busy schedule. Each participant receives a CD comprised of course
resources suitable for classroom use. Syllabi, National Standards
correlations, and free sample resources for each course—essays,
videos and interactive simulations—can be found online at learn.amnh.org.
Spring 1 session
begins January 28. Registration is also open for
the six-week session that begins March 24, as well
as two sessions for Summer 2008. Register for these
sessions now, and receive a $50 early registration discount.
For more information
and to register, go to learn.amnh.org
or call 800-649-6715.