Interview Questions for Eugenie Scott July 10, 2007

Interview Questions for Eugenie Scott

As the Atheist Alliance International conference draws closer, I will be interviewing a number of the speakers/presenters for this website and elsewhere.

One interview will be conducted with Eugenie Scott.

Scott is the Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education and one of the most vocal opponents to Intelligent Design. She is often quoted by the media as an expert in science education.

She is also the author of Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction and Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.

If you have any questions for Scott, please leave them in the comments!

If you have questions for other interviewees (listed below), please leave them in their respective postings:

[tags]Atheist Alliance International, Eugenie Scott, National Center for Science Education, Charles Darwin, evolution, religion, science, Kitzmiller v. Dover, Intelligent Design[/tags]

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  • I’d be very curious to know a few things. How many schools in the US on average does she think (or know) that are having major battles with ID proponents? Where are the majority of those school located? We all assume it’s a southern thing, I just wonder if that is true. Also, has she seen any schools that have done a really great job of addressing the issue, making both sides feel good about the schools position? Things like that would be good to know for anyone that might run into problems in the future.

  • A couple questions… one is, how much is evolution ignored in our schools…even when state standards require it? And what can we do about making sure it actually gets taught?

    Another is, can you tell us about good ways that teachers have been able to deal with creationist parents nosing into their kids classrooms? Do you have any good stories about teachers speaking at local churches with science lessons? Or teachers teaching “evolution 101” for parents after school? Or sending home good material like a study guide that would be aimed at the parent?

    Because even on this very website, we’ve seen a letter from a pastor called “Creationism for my Child’s Teacher” that a church makes available for the kiddies to bring to school. Yeah. That’s a big hit around here.

    Also, are there any Eugenie Scott T-shirts or mugs? A huge fan here needs one.

  • While not a science question, are there other debates which involve religion in schools? For example, the LDS church hold the belief that there were many large ancient civilizations in the Americas, and that they were founded by immigrants from Israel in 590 BCE. Is this taught as fact in schools, such as in Utah, or is it cleverly kept to the side in Primary?

    I’m surprised more religious groups haven’t modeled their education after the Mormons. You have a public school, and right near by, on non-public land, is another building, where you can learn all about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. You can take this class during the day as an elective. It’s optional, but Mormons are strongly encouraged to attend. Why not have a fundamentalist version where kids can learn about the bible, and be taught that their “other” teachers are lying to them about the age of the universe.

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