The Fight to Keep Evolution out of Schools: The Law and Classroom Instruction

Gordon Emmett Hall, Shirley Andrea Woika

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There are forces at the local, state, and national levels that have worked to delegitimize and obstruct the teaching of evolution and, in some cases, to legitimize the teaching of religious ideas. Despite scientific evidence, public opinion, and even legislation, these forces have continued to influence, and in some cases block, the teaching of evolution in public schools. Proponents for the teaching of aspects of religion in schools have been defeated in the courts many times but have continued to find new ways to insert their ideology into the U.S. education system. Strategies for avoiding controversy, confronting misinformation, and distinguishing science from non-science are provided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-239
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Biology Teacher
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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