WHAT: The presentation of a new report by Dr. Lawrence S. Lerner, "Good Science, Bad Science: Teaching Evolution in the States," followed by a press briefing.
The report offers the first comprehensive analysis of how each state handles evolution and is the centerpiece of a symposium entitled "The Teaching of Evolution in U.S. Schools: Where Politics, Religion and Science Converge." The event is co-sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation.
WHY: At least one-third of the states are doing an unsatisfactory job - many rank in the disgraceful category - when it comes to teaching evolution, which remains one of the most controversial subjects in U.S. education. Lerner's report looks at the current situation in U.S. schools and the causal factors. The daylong symposium expands the discussion to policymakers, scientists, members of the religious community and educators, including a front-line perspective from Lisa Graham Keegan, Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
WHEN: 9 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26--Lerner Report Presentation
10:45 a.m. -- Press Briefing
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Symposium (see attached agenda)
WHERE: The AAAS auditorium, 1200 New York Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
The Thomas B. Fordham Foundation is a private foundation that supports research, publications and action projects in K-12 education reform at the national level and in the Dayton area. It is neither connected with nor sponsored by Fordham University.
Public Forum on
The Teaching of Evolution in U.S. Schools:
Where Politics, Religion and Science Converge
Tuesday, September 26, 2000
9:00 a.m. Welcome
9:05 The Establishment of Science Education Standards - F. James Rutherford, AAAS Education Advisor
9:20 "Good Science, Bad Science: Teaching Evolution in the States" - La
Contact: Lu Leon, Leslie Blakey
American Association for the Advancement of Science