3 Feb 2019

Below are two articles from the New York Times about evolution in the classroom: one about teaching evolution in Florida and the Sunshine State Standards and one about textbook review in Texas. Like Texas, Florida adopts statewide science standards and has a large population of K-12 students in public schools: Florida decision-making on textbooks and curricula impacts students in other states.

There have been three legislative efforts to weaken evolution education in Florida since 2008. A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash, The New York Times, August 23, 2008, 2011. (https://mobile.nytimes.com/2008/08/24/education/24evolution.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0&referer=) Creationists on

Texas Panel for Biology Textbooks, New York Times, September 28, 2013 (http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/education/creationists-on-texas-panel-for-biology-textbooks.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&)

Consider these questions as you read and be prepared to address them when completing the assignment: What should be the role(s) of the State and local Boards of Education, of local educators, and of expert reviewers in the discipline? Will revisions suggested by each of these actors (educators, Boards of Education, disciplinary experts) improve the educational quality and integrity of the textbooks?

directions: In your own words, summarize each article Propose a method by which you would like to see textbooks reviewed at the state level

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Reid Wolff
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