Second issue of journal Evolution

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Second issue of journal Evolution

Postby Anonymous » Sat Mar 15, 2008 10:14 am


The second issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach -- the new journal
aspiring to promote accurate understanding and comprehensive teaching of
evolutionary theory for a wide audience -- is now available
on-line. Featured are original scientific articles on such topics as
evolutionary medicine, evolutionary trees, and punctuated equilibrium;
curriculum articles on such topics as using Inherit the Wind in the science
classroom, molecular evolution and HIV, and hominid evolution; and reviews
of a host of books, including David Sloan Wilson's Evolution for Everyone
and Philip Kitcher's Living with Darwin. Those interested in the
intersection of science and art will enjoy a report on Esther Solondz's The
Evolution of Darwin installation as well as a description of a project
fusing evolutionary biology with ceramics and printmaking.

Also included is the second installment of NCSE's regular column for
Evolution: Education and Outreach, Overcoming Obstacles to Evolution
Education. In "The OOPSIE Compromise -- A Big Mistake," NCSE's Eugenie C.
Scott and Glenn Branch write, "Opt-out policies are typically invoked to
excuse students from activities to which they or their parents may have
religious objections, such as reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, dissecting
animals in a laboratory, or attending sex education classes. Occasionally,
however, a school or school district allows students to opt out of academic
topics, including, sometimes, evolution. Opt-out policies specifically
including evolution are a big mistake -- for the students who opt out, for
their classmates whose studies are disrupted, and especially for their
teachers, who cannot fulfill their duty to instruct their charges about
biology without emphasizing evolution."

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For Scott and Branch's article, visit: ... ltext.html

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