Twists and Turns in Teaching Evolution over the Years

Glenn Branch

11 a.m., July 24, 2022

Controversies over the teaching of evolution in the public schools have rocked the nation over the past century. Evolution’s foes have consistently used the same arguments, but their ambitions have shifted, from banning the teaching of evolution, through balancing it with a supposed alternative, to blunting it by misrepresenting evolution as scientifically controversial. In his talk, Glenn Branch, Deputy Director of the National Center for Science Education, will discuss the causes, history, and consequences of these controversies, with a special emphasis on events in California.

Glenn Branch is a coeditor of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools. He is the author of numerous articles on evolution education and climate education in such publications as Scientific American, The American Biology Teacher, and Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics. He received the Evolution Education Award from the National Association of Biology Teachers in 2020.


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