Thursday, January 04, 2007


Selman Expert Reports Online

The National Center for Science Education has posted the expert reports prepared for Selman v. Cobb County, the case that challenged the constitutionality of a textbook warning sticker that cast doubt on evolution.

The reports are by Brian Alters of McGill University, Kenneth R. Miller of Brown, and Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education.

When an appeals court remanded the suit back to the trial court, the Cobb County school board decided to settle. They paid a portion of the plaintiff''s costs and agreed not to place warning stickers on textbooks or take other actions to cast doubt on evolution.

In his statement, Miller argued that the sticker "singles out evolution in a way that misrepresents its scientific standing, misleads students as to the nature of science theories, conveys a false sense of certainty with regard to other scientific theories, and serves, as far as I am able to tell, no scientific or educational purpose," and described it as "counter-productive to good science education."

You can find all three expert reports here.


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