Dear Ohio NCSE member,
As you know, last year Ohio drafted new statewide science standards. Though
pressure from creationists to water down the treatment of evolution was intense,
scientists, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens in Ohio successfully
defended the standards, and Ohio now has some of the best in the country.
However, creationists have not given up yet. Now that the standards are in
place, Ohio is in the process of creating model curricula based on the
standards, and creationists on the committees writing the standards have
succeeded in creating activities that they believe “teach the controversy” over
The Ohio Department of Education is currently accepting applications for
science teachers to field test and for Ohio residents to review the newly
written curricula models. Now that your state has excellent standards in place,
it is vitally important that the curricula based on those standards reflect the
same high scientific standards and pedagogical quality.
If you are a science teacher interested in field testing the models, or a
Ohio resident interested in reviewing the models, see the Ohio Department of
Education web pages discussing the topic at:
If you do decide to participate in the field test or review, let us know if we
can help with your analysis. We would be very interested in seeing the
documents, which so far we have not been able to obtain.
If I can be of
any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Network Project Director
National Center for Science Education
420 40th St, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609
510-601-7203 Ext. 308
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