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Academy Rallies Teachers on Evolution

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Science  10 Apr 1998:
Vol. 280, Issue 5361, pp. 194
DOI: 10.1126/science.280.5361.194

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Evolution is ignored or downplayed in many classrooms these days. Yet, says a panel of the National Academy of Sciences, "teaching biology without evolution would be like teaching civics and never mentioning the United States Constitution." In a report released on 9 April, the panel attempts to take the first step toward putting evolution where it belongs--at the core of biology curricula across the country--and has put together a well-illustrated publication designed to help teachers better understand, defend, and teach evolution.