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[Susan notes: Excellent letter. Where's the will on this issue from groups who care about scientific resources that are based on science?]

Published in New York Times
05/14/2006

To the editor

One has only to look at the acceptance of "intelligent design" by the president and high-ranking members of Congress to define a society that looks on evolution with open hostility or suspicion.



Creationists recognized years ago that very few students take college courses in biology, and most are exposed to a serious study of biology only in high school. Today most biology texts cover evolution, but in specific chapters that can be conveniently ignored by teachers under threat. Such books use several approaches (ecological or biochemical, for example) but not an evolutionary approach, which is sorely needed in this country.



Book companies claim that an evolutionary approach to teaching biology is economically unfeasible. Isn't it strange that creationists can pour millions into irrational books, theme parks and "think" tanks, but the science community will not finance a text that would help change attitudes toward evolution?



James V. Bradley



The writer, a retired biology teacher, is co-author of a biology textbook.

James V. Bradley


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