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Teachers Encouraged to Present Balanced Teachings on Global Warming

Science deniers, creationists, and their fellow travelers aren't just targeting evolution. Now they're turning their sights on global warming.

Proof positive? The South Dakota legislature has passed House Concurrent Resolution 1009, which encourages teachers to present "balanced teaching" on global warming. The state senate has passed a similar resolution.

If this language sounds familiar, it's because "balanced and objective", "strengths and weaknesses", and similar wording have been used for years by creationists to weaken evolution education and sneak religion into science classes.

NCSE has dissected this disturbing trend in two articles published today by staff scientists Steve Newton and Josh Rosenau.

"Denying Science, Legislating Reality"
Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steven-newton/denying-science-legislati_b_476975.html

"Climate Change Preps for Its Scopes Trial"
Science Progress
http://www.scienceprogress.org/2010/02/climate-change-scopes-trial/

Notes Rosenau: "Science is not and should not be resolved through the legislative process, and the details of what teachers present as science should not be dictated by legislators with no experience as scientists or teachers."

NCSE's article is at: http://ncse.com/news/2010/02/from-evolution-to-global-warming-005344

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