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Scientists Strike Back Against Creationism

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Science  22 Oct 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5440, pp. 659
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5440.659

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New Mexico's school system took an evolutionary leap earlier this month when the State Board of Education voted to ban a creationist credo that had influenced the curriculum for 3 years. The counterpunch was largely the result of a grassroots campaign engineered by a group of scientists who are now moving to raise the scientific sophistication of teachers and students throughout the state. New Mexico's success is encouraging researchers in Kansas who are rallying opposition to new statewide education standards that eliminate the teaching of evolution and anything suggesting our planet has been around for billions of years.