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You’ll recall that the Lancaster(California) school district has recently adopted a “science philosophy” that calls for critical thinking about evolutionary theory … but no other scientific theory in the curriculum. You’ll recall that the school district trustees didn’t seem to view this as having anything to do with opening the door for the teaching of…

Hey, guess what? A California school district has adopted a new science policy aimed at getting students to think more critically … about evolutionary theory. It is not entirely clear whether members of the Lancaster School District board of trustees recognize that the policy effectively singles out evolution for scrutiny, or whether they were duped.…

The last two meetings of my ethics in science class have focused on some of the history of research with human subjects and on the changing statements of ethical principles or rules governing such experimentation. Looking at these statements (the Nuremberg Code and the Belmont Report especially) against the backdrop of some very serious missteps…

Here in California, I had hoped we might be safe from the high school Intelligent Design follies playing out in other states. Turns out, not so much. Frazier Mountain High School in Lebec, California, part of the El Tejon Unified School District, offered a class called “Philosophy of Design” which has prompted a lawsuit from…