AAAS Forum on Evolution & Education in Washington DC

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Date: Tue Sep 12 2000 - 23:28:04 EDT

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    The Teaching of Evolution in U.S. Schools:
    Where Politics, Religion and Science Converge

    9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, September 26, 2000
    American Association for the Advancement of Science Auditorium
    1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, DC

    Please join us on Tuesday, September 26, for an important forum that
    addresses one of the most serious issues in the school curriculum and in
    state education policy: The Teaching of Evolution in U.S. Schools: Where
    Politics, Religion and Science Converge.

    Co-sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science
    (AAAS) and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation, the symposium will be held
    from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the AAAS headquarters at 1200 New York Ave., NW,
    Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public, although space
    is limited.

    Featured will be the presentation of a new report by the Thomas B. Fordham
    Foundation Dr. Lawrence S. Lerner's Good Science, Bad Science: Teaching
    Evolution in the States. This critical new report focuses on the treatment
    of evolution in state science standards and evaluates how each state
    handles the issue. The mixed results reflect the complexity of an issue
    that has drawn headlines since the celebrated Scopes trial in 1925.

    Seventy-five years later, confusion still reigns on this subject for many
    Americans. Although almost all scientists accept evolution as the central
    concept of biology, a 1999 Gallup poll found that 68 percent of Americans
    favor teaching both creationism and evolution in public schools. And half
    the respondents in another survey felt evolution is far from being proven

    The presentation of Dr. Lerner's findings will be followed by panel
    discussions that include a diverse mix of policymakers, scientists,
    educators, and members of the religious community. The first panel will
    respond directly to Lerner's report. Other panels will explore:

    - How classroom teachers handle evolution;

    - How the anti-evolution movement is itself evolving;

    - How the public's level of scientific understanding impacts its
    participation in science education policy questions; and

    - The future of evolution politics at the state level.

    The AAAS building is accessible by metro (Metro stop is Metro Center, red,
    orange or blue lines). If you would like to attend please contact Deedee
    Newman at AAAS (202-326-6733 or

    As you can see from the following agenda, the day is sure to be provocative
    and enlightening. We hope that you can join us.


    Public Forum on

    The Teaching of Evolution in U.S. Schools:
    Where Politics, Religion and Science Converge

    Tuesday, September 26, 2000

    AAAS Auditorium

    9:00 a.m. Welcome

    9:05 The Establishment of Science Education Standards *F. James
    Rutherford, AAAS Education Advisor

    9:20 Good Science, Bad Science: Teaching Evolution in the
    States Lawrence S. Lerner, Professor Emeritus, California State
    University, Long Beach

    9:35 Respondents and open discussion

    Moderator Chester E. Finn, Jr., Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

    Paul R. Gross , University Professor of Life Sciences Emeritus, University
    of Virginia
    Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction
    Warren Nord Director, Program on Humanities and Human Values, University
    of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Eugenie Scott, National Center for Science Education

    10:45 Break

    11:00 Panel 1 Teaching evolution in the schools

    Moderator to be announced

    Caryn Galatis, Department Head for Science Education, Edison High School,
    Fairfax VA
    Wes McCoy, Department Head for Science Education, North Cobb High School,
    Kennesaw GA
    Jo Ellen Roseman, AAAS Project 2061, assessment of high school biology texts

    12:00 p.m. Lunch

    1:15 Panel 2 - Is the anti-evolution movement evolving?

    Moderator Marci Kanstoroom, Thomas B. Fordham Foundation

    David Byers Committee on Science and Human Values, U.S. Catholic Conference
    Ted Davis Professor, History of Science, Messiah College, Grantham, PA
    Barrett Duke Vice-President for Research, Ethics and Religious Liberty
    Commission, Southern Baptist Convention

    2:15 Panel 3 What the public thinks about evolution and what it knows.

    Moderator Jim Miller, AAAS/DoSER

    Paul R. Gross University of Virginia
    Jon Miller Professor, School of Medicine and Medill School of Journalism,
    Northwestern University
    To be announced

    3:30 Break

    3:45 Panel 4 - What are current and future political prospects?

    Moderator Chester E. Finn, Jr.

    Kate Beem, Kansas City Star
    Steve Rissing, Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal
    Biology, Ohio State University
    Eugenie Scott NCSE

    5:00 Adjourn



    Anybody else like to go? We could meet at the auditorium and sit together.
    Call or email: Dick Fischer 703-803-1403.

    Dick Fischer - The Origins Solution -
    "The answer we should have known about 150 years ago."

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