The folks at www.rottentomatoes.com are out with a list of the ten worst films of 2008. If you're not familiar with the site, it's essentially a clearinghouse for movie reviews. Rotten Tomatoes pulls together major reviews from newspapers and Internet sites and lets viewers know if the majority were positive or negative.
Scientists in Texas are speaking up, hopefully in time to protect the state's science education from the Religious Right.
The Texas Board of Education is currently considering a new science curriculum. Heading up the board is Don McLeroy (R-Bryan), a creationist who opposes an academic working group's suggestion to remove the current requirement that "strengths and weakness" of all scientific theories be taught in biology classes.
Most Americans accept the theory of evolution and actually favor teaching evolution over creationism or intelligent design in public school science classes, according to a new study conducted by a coalition of scientific societies, including the National Academy of Sciences, National Science Teachers Associations and the American Institute of Biological Sciences.
I've worked at Americans United for 20 years, and in that time, I've read about -- and even witnessed -- a lot of dumb things happening because of pressure from the Religious Right. I thought I'd seen it all, but every now and then something occurs that takes my breath away.
Something like that just happened in Texas. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has forced its director of science curriculum to resign because – horror of horrors! – she had the temerity to issue an e-mail pointing out a speech by a noted opponent of "intelligent design" (ID).
The state of Florida, in an admirable attempt to lurch into the 21st century, is considering adopting new science standards that actually mention the word "evolution."
Current standards talk about "biological changes over time." The new standards, if adopted in January, will promote evolution as one of several key ideas in science that students need to learn.