The US. Darwin in the schools lobby is serious about climate change activism
|November 14, 2013||Posted by News under Education, Natural selection, Climate change, News|
Not just a sideline. It is going after the Heartland Institute.
Readers may remember that the U.S. Darwin lobby, NCSE, recently decided to pursue climate change activism as well.
We wondered what the rationale was or how serious they were, but lo, it seems they are taking on the Heartland Institute. From Greg Laden:
That nefarious leech of an organization, the Heartland Institute, the one that put up the billboards implying that people who think climate change is important are mad bombers, has done something really offensive, again. They made a fake packet of information with fake stuff about climate change and sent it to teachers and other educators, as well as graduate students, to try to trick them into passing the lies and deceptions on to their students. According to the National Center for Science Education: …
Sounds like a job for superheroes, all right, at least to hear them tell it.
Meanwhile, our old University of Toronto friend Larry Moran takes issue with a Darwin lobbyist who demands that schools teach that “evolution by natural selection as a major unifying concept in science.” He suggests that they simply be taught “evolution” instead. Moran informs his readers that
The problem with leaving the phrase is that it eliminates evolution by random genetic drift and that’s definitely known to occur. This means that the statement from David Evans is actually incorrect and not what the vast majority of expert scientists believe.
No, but if the Darwin lobby is thumping headfirst into climate doomsaying, it may not have time to get memos out to its activists like “QUIT claiming that natural selection is evolution, period. Even our buddies aren’t backing that one any more.”
But then, is their house divided? Thoughts?