Navigation Links
Texas Board of Education vote on the way evolution is taught could set national trend
Date:3/24/2009

Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund is available to discuss the Texas Board of Education's upcoming contentious vote on a new science curriculum that outlines the way evolution is taught in Texas public schools.

At issue is whether a teacher should raise doubts about evolution when teaching biology and other science classes. The impacts could be felt far and wide, as school textbook publishers write to Texas' standards. A change in the way Texas teaches its students could change the way other states look at the issue.

Ecklund, associate director of Rice's Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life, directs the national study on religion and spirituality among scientists at top universities. Religion Among Academic Scientists is the first study in more than 20 years to systematically gather data on this topic. Ecklund recently conducted in-depth interviews with 300 scientists and completed a survey of nearly 1,700 scientists on their views on science and religion.

"This vote has monumental implications," Ecklund said. "The connection between religion and science is at stake."

  • Many scientists are not as anti-religion as volumes like evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" might lead us to believe.
  • A surprising number of those who teach the sciences at the nation's top universities are also part of a religious tradition (about 50 percent).
  • The majority of scientists (over 65 percent) are interested in matters of spirituality.
  • Among all the scientists Ecklund interviewed, including religious and nonreligious, there was not one who thought Intelligent Design should be taught alongside evolution in a biology classroom.


'/>"/>

Contact: David Ruth
druth@rice.edu
713-348-6327
Rice University
Source:Eurekalert  

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. Texas-sized tract of single-celled clones
2. Texas Obesity Research Center at UH assembles researchers to discuss obesity
3. Texas researchers provide emissions data for livestock industry
4. Famous fossil Lucy scanned at the University of Texas at Austin
5. Texas Medical Center researchers win collaborative grants
6. UT Southwestern scientist honored among best in Texas research
7. Texas College Police Unit Deploys BIO-key(R) Mobile Data System
8. Texas invests record $3.5 million in startup cofounded by UTs Mauro Ferrari
9. Texas A&M anthropologist discovers long-lost primate in Indonesia
10. 7 Texas mammals listed as threatened on Global Mammal Assessment
11. Earth scientists keep an eye on Texas
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Texas Board of Education vote on the way evolution is taught could set national trend
(Date:5/6/2017)... 5, 2017 RAM Group , ... new breakthrough in biometric authentication based on a ... properties to perform biometric authentication. These new sensors are ... created by Ram Group and its partners. This sensor ... supply chains and security. Ram Group is a ...
(Date:4/18/2017)... -- Socionext Inc., a global expert in SoC-based imaging and computing solutions, ... which features the company,s hybrid codec technology. A demonstration utilizing TeraFaces ... will be showcased during the upcoming Medtec Japan at Tokyo Big ... Las Vegas Convention Center April 24-27. ... Click here for an image of ...
(Date:4/13/2017)... According to a new market research report "Consumer IAM Market ... Authorization), Service, Authentication Type, Deployment Mode, Vertical, and Region - Global Forecast ... from USD 14.30 Billion in 2017 to USD 31.75 Billion by 2022, ... ... MarketsandMarkets Logo ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... San Diego-based team building and cooking events ... announced today. The bold new look is part of a transformation to increase ... a significant growth period. , It will also expand its service offering from its ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... 10, 2017 SomaGenics announced the receipt of ... develop RealSeq®-SC (Single Cell), expected to be the first ... (including microRNAs) from single cells using NGS methods. The ... to accelerate development of approaches to analyze the heterogeneity ... "New techniques for measuring levels of mRNAs in individual ...
(Date:10/9/2017)... N.C. (PRWEB) , ... October 09, 2017 , ... At ... announced Dr. Christopher Stubbs, a professor in Harvard University’s Departments of Physics and Astronomy, ... Stubbs was a member of the winning team for the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... Oct. 6, 2017  The 2017 Nobel Prize ... scientists, Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and ... cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM) have helped to ... structural biology community. The winners worked with systems ... routinely produce highly resolved, three-dimensional images of protein ...
Breaking Biology Technology: