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Evolution and climate education update: August 11, 2017
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Dear friends of NCSE,

The treatment of climate change and evolution in Nebraska’s proposed
new science standards is exciting controversy.

UPDATE FROM NEBRASKA

The Nebraska state board of education heard from the public about a
proposed set of new state science standards, according to the Omaha
World-Herald (August 7, 2017) — and climate change and evolution were
front and center.

“Michael Fryda, a science teacher at Westside High School and 2010
Nebraska teacher of the year, said climate change is ‘established
scientific fact,'” the newspaper reported, while a former member of a
local school board described global warming as a hoax.

Yet while a previous draft of the standards treated climate change as
settled science, the World-Herald noted, the current draft expects
students to “evaluate the reliability and validity” of climate models.

The same former school board member expressed his preference for
“intelligent design” to be taught alongside evolution, though the
draft standards expect students to understand how “multiple lines of
evidence” support evolution.

The draft science standards in Nebraska are similar, although not
identical, to the Next Generation Science Standards, so far adopted in
eighteen states and the District of Columbia. The board is anticipated
to vote on the standards in September 2017.

For the story in the Omaha World-Herald, visit:
http://www.omaha.com/news/education/overflow-crowds-argue-for-against-proposed-science-standards-for-nebraska/article_7eed2121-3c47-520e-acdd-34088846d08f.html

For the current draft of the standards (PDF), visit:
https://www.education.ne.gov/science/2016%20Standards/Nebraska_Science_Standards_DRAFT_8_3_2017.pdf

And for NCSE’s previous coverage of events in Nebraska, visit:
https://ncse.com/news/nebraska

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http://ncse.com — where you can always find the latest news on
evolution and climate education and threats to them.


Sincerely,

Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
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