Date: Thu, 05 May 2005 13:32:06 -0600

Author: Jerry DiMarco

Subject: Re: AAPT statement on evolution/cosmology

Post:

Did you read the whole article - it does present both sides of the
issue. See pages 2 and 3...

Jerry


At 01:24 PM 5/5/2005, you wrote:
>Yeah, it is a shame when the media reports such folly as science, but
>thankfully there's been more positive press on evolution nationwide in the
>last few months * New York Times, National Geographic, Washington Post, etc.
>
>A good resource on this topic is the National Center for Science Education:
>http://www.natcenscied.org
>
>And for some more good news on this issue, check out this news from Georgia...
>
>Evolution stickers May removal upheld
>http://www.mdjonline.com/268/10182289.txt
>
>Cheers,
>
>Matt Lowry
>Lake Forest HS
>College of Lake County
>Illinois
>
>
> >>> pgay@fas.harvard.edu 05/05/05 12:38 PM >>>
>If only we had allies at MSNBC.
>
>Check out their lead "science" story for today:
>http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7013405/
>
>Cheers,
>Pamela
>
>------------------------------------------------------
>Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D.
>Instructional Laboratory Associate
>Harvard Science Center, 303
>617-495-2039 / pgay@fas.harvard.edu
>http://www.slackerastronomy.org
>
>On May 5, 2005, at 12:49 PM, Matt Lowry wrote:
>
> > Howdy all,
> >
> > If you've been keeping track of this issue, we now have allies in the
> > AAPT. See below for their official statement on evolution/cosmology.
> > Hooray!
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Matt Lowry
> > Lake Forest HS
> > College of Lake County
> > Illinois
> >
> > ==================
> > http://www.aapt.org/Policy/evolutandcosmo.cfm
> >
> > AAPT Statement on the Teaching of Evolution and Cosmology
> >
> > The Executive Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers is
> > dismayed at organized actions to weaken and even to eliminate
> > significant portions of evolution and cosmology from the educational
> > objectives of states and school districts.
> >
> > Evolution and cosmology represent two of the unifying concepts of
> > modern science. There are few scientific theories more firmly supported
> > by observations than these: Biological evolution has occurred and new
> > species have arisen over time, life on Earth originated more than a
> > billion years ago, and most stars are at least several billion years
> > old. Overwhelming evidence comes from diverse sources - the structure
> > and function of DNA, geological analysis of rocks, paleontological
> > studies of fossils, telescopic observations of distant stars and
> > galaxies - and no serious scientist questions these claims. We do our
> > children a grave disservice if we remove from their education an
> > exposure to firm scientific evidence supporting principles that
> > significantly shape our understanding of the world in which we live.
> >
> > No scientific theory, no matter how strongly supported by available
> > evidence, is final and unchallengeable; any good theory is always
> > exposed to the possibility of being modified or even overthrown by new
> > evidence. That is at the very heart of the process of science. However,
> > biological and cosmological evolution are theories as strongly
> > supported
> > and interwoven into the fabric of science as any other essential
> > underpinnings of modern science and technology. To deny children
> > exposure to the evidence in support of biological and cosmological
> > evolution is akin to allowing them to believe that atoms do not exist
> > or
> > that the Sun goes around the Earth.
> >
> > We believe in teaching that science is a process that examines all of
> > the evidence relevant to an issue and tests alternative hypotheses. For
> > this reason, we do not endorse teaching the "evidence against
> > evolution," because currently no such scientific evidence exists. Nor
> > can we condone teaching "scientific creationism," "intelligent
> > design," or other non-scientific viewpoints as valid scientific
> > theories. These beliefs ignore the important connections among
> > empirical
> > data and fail to provide testable hypotheses. They should not be a part
> > of the science curriculum.
> >
> > School boards, teachers, parents, and lawmakers have a responsibility
> > to ensure that all children receive a good education in science. The
> > American Association of Physics Teachers opposes all efforts to require
> > or promote teaching creationism or any other non-scientific viewpoints
> > in a science course. AAPT supports the National Science Education
> > Standards, which incorporate the process of science and
> > well-established
> > scientific theories including cosmological and biological evolution.
> >
> > This statement was adopted by the Executive Board of the American
> > Association of Physics Teachers on April 24, 2005.
> >
From Paul.Nord@valpo.edu Thu May 5 15:42:19 2005

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