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Volume 22, Number 2
March/April 2006

Talking ’bout Evolution

High school science teachers share strategies for dealing with controversy in the classroom


High school science teachers have long been at center stage when it comes to the subject of evolution. In 1925, Tennessee biology teacher John Scopes was convicted of breaking a state law against teaching that “man has descended from a lower order of animal.” The pendulum swung the other way in 1968, when Arkansas biology teacher Susan Epperson challenged a state law outlawing the teaching of evolution and the U.S. Supreme Court upheld her position.

In recent years, teachers across the country have been back on the defensive as challenges to evolution mount.

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