Campus News

Changing the language

The proposed (and now rejected) deletion of the word “evolution” from the Georgia state biology curriculum was reported around the country. The New York Times reported that David Jackson, an associate professor in the College of Education who trains middle school science teachers, finds that half of his students each year have little knowledge of evolutionary theory. “In many cases, they’ve never been exposed to the basic facts about fossils and the universe,” he said. “I think there’s already formal and informal discouragements to teaching evolution in public school.”