Study: High school science teachers weak on evolution

More refreshers courses needed, Penn State researchers say

Many high school science teachers failing when it comes to teaching evolutionary science.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — High school biology teachers are only lukewarm when it comes to teaching evolutionary biology, despite 40 years of court rulings that teaching creationism or intelligent design violates the Constitution, according to Penn State political scientists. A mandatory undergraduate course in evolutionary biology for prospective teachers, and frequent refresher courses for current teachers, may be part of the solution, they say.

“Considerable research suggests that supporters of evolution, scientific methods, and reason itself are losing battles in America’s classrooms,” said Michael Berkman and Eric Plutzer, professors of political science at Penn State, in today’s (Jan. 28) issue of Science. Continue reading

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