Academic Freedom

Dover In Review

Editor’s Note: This piece originally occurred as a four part blog post on on December 2005. Dover in Review, Part 1: Is Judge Jones an activist judge? Dover in Review, pt. 2: Did Judge Jones read the evidence submitted to him in the Dover trial? Dover in Review, pt. 3: Did Judge Jones accurately describe the content and early Read More ›

Foosball figures playing defense
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Those Defensive Darwinists

The first court trial over the theory of intelligent design is now over, with a ruling expected by the end of the year. What sparked the legal controversy? Before providing two weeks of training in modern evolutionary theory, the Dover, Pa., School District briefly informed students that if they wanted to learn about an alternative theory of biological origins, intelligent design, they could read a book about it in the school library. The lawsuit is only the latest in a series of attempts to silence the growing controversy over contemporary Darwinian theory. Read More ›
Media interview and round table discussion at popular scientific conference.
Media interview and round table discussion at popular scientific conference. Audience at the conference hall. Business and entrepreneurship symposium.

Key Resources for Parents and School Board Members

Are you a parent or a school board member interested in improving the teaching of evolution in your local schools? Below are resources you will find helpful as you try to do this, including materials you can print out and submit to your school board. These materials and resources describe why teaching “the full range of scientific views” about evolution Read More ›

Biologist Ken Miller Flunks Political Science on Santorum

The expertise of Brown University biologist Ken Miller apparently knows no bounds. Perhaps tired of being just a biologist, Miller in recent weeks has taken to moonlighting as a legal scholar and political scientist. The focus of Miller’s newfound expert knowledge is what has come to be called the “Santorum Amendment” adopted by Congress last year, which encourages coverage of Read More ›

Teach the Controversy

When two groups of experts disagree about a controversial subject that intersects the public school curriculum students should learn about both perspectives. In such cases teachers should not teach as true only one competing view, just the Republican or Democratic view of the New Deal in a history class, for example. Instead, teachers should describe competing views to students and Read More ›