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In state legislatures, local school districts, and individual classrooms, climate change deniers are assiduously trying to undermine the teaching of climate change. How do their efforts resemble the efforts of creationists who have been assiduously trying to undermine the teaching of evolution for the last ninety-five years?
The National Center for Science Education?s Glenn Branch will discuss the similarities and differences in the tactics, rhetoric, and effects of these campaigns, and the overlaps and disjunctures between the institutions and individuals pursuing them.
Glenn Branch is deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit organization that defends the integrity of science education against ideological interference. He was the co-editor, with Eugenie C. Scott, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools, and author or co-author of numerous articles on climate education and evolution education, and obstacles to them, in such publications as Scientific American, The American Biology Teacher, and Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics.