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J Clin Invest. 2006 May;116(5):1134-8.

Defending science education against intelligent design: a call to action.

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Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1544, USA. attie@biochem.wisc.edu

Abstract

We review here the current political landscape and our own efforts to address the attempts to undermine science education in Wisconsin. To mount an effective response, expertise in evolutionary biology and in the history of the public controversy is useful but not essential. However, entering the fray requires a minimal tool kit of information. Here, we summarize some of the scientific and legal history of this issue and list a series of actions that scientists can take to help facilitate good science education and an improved atmosphere for the scientific enterprise nationally. Finally, we provide some model legislation that has been introduced in Wisconsin to strengthen the teaching of science.

PMID:
16670753
PMCID:
PMC1451210
DOI:
10.1172/JCI28449
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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