Daily Archives: 6. February 2004

Revisiting Evolution in Georgia

A number of other weblogs (e.g., “So you want to be a science teacher” and “Pharyngula“) have already posted about the fact that putting the word “evolution” back into Georgia’s K-12 science curriculum doesn’t solve the problem with the proposed life sciences curriculum. However, since I feel very strongly about this topic and I wanted to post about this topic on “Citizen Scientist” as well.

For those of you who haven’t already read it, I recommend that you read An Analysis of Georgia’s Proposed Standards for Life Science, written by Reed Cartwright, a doctoral student in Genetics at the University of Georgia. This article highlights how Georgia’s proposed standards for the life sciences differ from those recommended by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

You should also check out the following websites which Reed has linked to off his own website:

  • Georgia Science Education Petition
  • Georgia Citizens for Integrity in Science Education
  • I would also like to refer you to a recent post on Jeff Hellman’s blog So you want to be a science teacher about why evolution should be taught in school.

    Science is Child’s Play

    via Alan Boyle’s Cosmic Log:

    “Turn science into child’s play: Sally Ride, the first American woman to go into space, has had her share of somber duties as a member of the investigative boards for the Challenger explosion as well as the Columbia tragedy. But she also is involved in happier chores, such as helping with the second annual TOYchallenge.”

    TOYchallenge gives students in grades five through eight the opportunity to exercise their skills in science, engineering and design by coming up with new ideas for games and toys. Ride created the contest, along with Hasbro Inc. and Domenico Grasso, director of Smith College’s Picker Engineering Program. The idea is to inspire young people