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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 8: How Can You Deal with Controversy?

Explain Part C: Evolution and the Law

In one Indiana high school, students led a protest to have "special creation" taught in their biology classes and their science teachers opposed the protest. View the Evolution Show Seven video segment "Indiana Student Demonstration."

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Indiana Student Demonstration
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Explore the following Web sites to identify legal decisions that would prevent the Lafayette schools from teaching creationism in the biology classrooms:


The American Association for the Advancement of Science's listings of significant court cases.


The National Center for Science Education's "Cans and Can'ts of Teaching Evolution."


The National Academy Press Web site, "Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science."

Summarize your findings:



For the latest legal challenges to teaching evolution see the National Center for Science Education Web site.


Facilitator Note 4


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