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Most Americans Support Santorum Amendment’s Approach to Teaching Evolution

With his near-win in Iowa and his recent rise in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is facing new scrutiny about his views on intelligent design and evolution. Reporters and others have expressed particular interest in the so-called “Santorum Amendment” authored by Senator Santorum, which was adopted in revised form in the Conference Report of the landmark No Child Read More ›

Rick Santorum, the Santorum Amendment, and Intelligent Design

For Immediate Release: Jan. 6, 2012 Discovery Institute East Coast: Sam Wall [email protected], 704-989-9068 West Coast: Andrew McDiarmid [email protected], 206-292-0401 x155 Media Alert: Rick Santorum, the Santorum Amendment, and Intelligent Design With his near-win in Iowa and his recent rise in the polls, Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is facing new scrutiny about his views on intelligent design and evolution. Read More ›

Study Finds Glaring Bloopers in Proposed Texas Science Curricula

Austin, TX—According to a study released today by the non-profit Discovery Institute, bogus embryo drawings, long-debunked claims about tonsils, and outdated information from a 1950s lab experiment highlight the glaring bloopers found in proposed science curricula currently being considered by the Texas State Board of Education. “Retro-science must be in, because the proposed curricula are filled with outdated scientific claims,” Read More ›

Discovery Institute Announces 2009 Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences and Culture

Seattle — Discovery Institute is pleased to announce two intensive summer seminars on intelligent design, science, and culture from July 10-18, 2009 in Seattle. The first seminar is for students in the natural sciences and philosophy of science; the second seminar is for students in the social sciences and humanities (including politics, law, journalism, and theology). These seminars are designed Read More ›

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Professors Show Need for Academic Freedom Bill

Two OU professors who are adamantly opposed to Senate Bill 320 — a Science Education and Academic Freedom bill filed by Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso — have recently shown why the bill is necessary. Zoology professors Vic Hutchison and Richard Broughton have passed out fliers encouraging opposition to the bill, which would permit high school science educators to teach the strengths and weaknesses of science topics that can cause controversy. The blatant misrepresentation of the bill that Hutchison and Broughton display creates a climate of fear that warrants such academic freedom legislation. Read More ›

Discovery Institute Announces Academic Freedom Day Student Video and Essay Contest

SEATTLE — Discovery Institute is sponsoring a student video and essay contest to commemorate Academic Freedom Day, February 12, 2009, on Charles Darwin’s bicentennial. Darwin once wrote, “A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question.” That famous quote will be the touchstone for students to communicate Read More ›

Q&A About Texas Science Standards Review and Debate Over How to Teach Evolution

What is the science standards issue currently before the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE)? During 2008-09, the Texas SBOE is reviewing the state’s science standards, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science, which were originally adopted in 1998. The controversial issue before the SBOE is whether the TEKS will retain existing language calling for students to learn Read More ›

Science Education Experts Recommend Strengthening Students’ Critical Thinking Skills by Retaining “Strengths and Weaknesses” Language in Texas Science Standards

Click here for more coverage of the Texas SBOE review of science standards and to read all of the expert reviews. Austin, TX – Three of six experts selected by the Texas State Board of Education to review a proposed update of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science have recommended that the TEKS retain controversial language calling Read More ›

Evolutionists Fear Academic Freedom

This article, published by Townhall, quotes Casey Luskin of Discovery Institute: Scientist Casey Luskin, a scholar with the Discovery Institute said, “We would like to see evolution taught in an unbiased fashion and also want students to learn how to think like scientists and to weigh the evidence for and against.” The rest of the article can be found here.

Advocate Newspaper Knowingly Publishes False Information About Louisiana Law Regarding Teaching of Evolution

The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge Louisiana today published a front page story about Louisiana’s new law regarding teaching of evolution that contains a completely false statement in the lead. The paper reported an unnamed official stated that “Louisiana is the only state in the nation that has enacted a law that could change the way evolution is taught in Read More ›