The Creation Controversy: Science or Scripture in the Schools

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In 1999, the Kansas Board of Education voted to delete all mention of evolution from the state's recommended science curriculum and also from its educational assessment tests. This decision, and similar decisions in other states, suggest the growing influence of creationists on American educational policies -- particularly in science curriculums.

In this science-dominated age, how have religious fundamentalists gained such a pervasive influence? The Creation Controversy asks ...

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Overview

In 1999, the Kansas Board of Education voted to delete all mention of evolution from the state's recommended science curriculum and also from its educational assessment tests. This decision, and similar decisions in other states, suggest the growing influence of creationists on American educational policies -- particularly in science curriculums.

In this science-dominated age, how have religious fundamentalists gained such a pervasive influence? The Creation Controversy asks how a group of religious fundamentalists defining themselves as scientists could challenge the basic assumptions of contemporary biology. Dorothy Nelkin looks at the history of this social movement, and its cast of characters. She examines the meaning of religion to a secular science public, as well as raising questions about how much trust we put in science and the moral implications of the current day creationist movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780595001941
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/10/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations 7
Preface 9
1 Introduction 17
I The Context 23
2 A Science or a World View? Historical Notes on the Teaching of Evolution 25
Evolution and the Nineteenth-Century Soul 26
Antievolution in the 1920s 30
The Legacy of the Scopes Trial 33
3 Science after Sputnik 39
The Federal Government's Role 40
The Biological Sciences Curriculum Study 44
Man: A Course of Study 47
II The Science-Textbook Watchers 55
4 Textbook Watchers and Space-Age Fundamentalism 57
Forbidden Subjects 57
The Conservative Ministries 59
The New Censors 63
5 The Scientific Creationists 71
The Bible as Science 73
Creationist Organizations 77
The Activists 84
6 Political Tactics 93
In School Boards and Commissions 93
In the Streets 95
In State Legislatures 97
In the Courts 100
III Disputes 105
7 Creation versus Evolution: The California Controversy 107
Creationist Demands 109
The California Solution 112
8 The Proper Study of Mankind...: Evolution and the MACOS Dispute 121
"We're all animals, kids are taught here" 122
The Politics of Local Protest 124
MACOS: A National Debate 127
The Tip of the Iceberg: MACOS, Accountability, and the NSF 132
9 Legislating Science in Arkansas 137
The Legislation 138
The Trial 139
IV Science and the Resistance Ideology 149
10 Censorship by Surrender 151
Manipulated Media 151
Publishers and Profits 153
Conflict Avoidance in the Schools 154
The Scientists' Response 156
11 Social Sources of Textbook Disputes 165
Disillusion with Science and Technology 167
Challenges to Authority 170
The Ideology of Equal Time 173
12 Science and Personal Beliefs 185
Images of Science 185
Problems in the Communication of Science 189
Appendices 199
1 Decision, The Rev. Bill McLean v. Arkansas Board of Education 199
2 Public Knowledge of Science: Report of a Survey by the National Assessment of Educational Progress 229
3 Proposed Creationist Revisions of the California Science Framework for 1976 234
Index 237
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