Teaching Evolution in the South

http://www.vox.com/conversations/2016/10/25/13344516/education-evolution-science-south-religion-controversy-creationism-culture Getty Images / Stan Rohrer This is a great article and well worth reading http://www.vox.com/conversations/2016/10/25/13344516/education-evolution-science-south-religion-controversy-creationism-culture.

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4 Responses to Teaching Evolution in the South

  1. Pierce R. Butler says:

    from the linked article:

    Amanda Glaze: I am hoping that with the national study data we’re assembling now I can finally answer the question as to whether people in the South are more resistant to evolution than others. As of right now there has not been a study to look at this nationally.

    Wow – just wow. 91 years after Scopes, nobody’s even done a nationwide survey?!?

  2. Chris says:

    Acceptance of Evolution By State This graph seems to address the issue but the numbers don’t jive with other polls.

  3. Pierce R. Butler says:

    Chris – Thanks for digging that up.

    Clicking on the chart labeled “Acceptance of Evolution or Creationism” brings up a larger version of the chart, and a link to the Evolution Literacy web page (https://evolutionliteracy.com/category/polls-and-surveys-acceptance-of-evolution/) discussing (among many other things) the study Measuring the Evolution Controversy: A Numerical Analysis of Acceptance of Evolution at America’s Colleges and Universities by Guillermo Paz-y-Miño-C and Avelina Espinosa.

    It does seem that some serious and recent research into acceptance of evolution by the US public has taken place. This study focuses on the college/university population (the chart shows “Acceptance of evolution or creationism among educators of prospective teachers in the United States”), so that leaves a lot of room for Amanda Glaze’s work.

    Paz-y-Miño-C has also written a book, Evolution Stands Faith Up, a collection of essays on culture and scientific literacy that sounds very interesting.

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