Evolution: Education and Outreach

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 114–116

Overcoming Obstacles to Evolution Education: Why Bother Teaching Evolution in High School?


    • National Center for Science Education
    • BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action1441 Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building, Michigan State University
  • Glenn Branch
    • National Center for Science Education
Curriculum and Education Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12052-011-0316-7

Cite this article as:
Mead, L.S. & Branch, G. Evo Edu Outreach (2011) 4: 114. doi:10.1007/s12052-011-0316-7


Evolution is a foundational organizing principle of the life sciences, and yet people still argue that it should be taught only in college, urging that it’s not necessary, too controversial, or too difficult to teach evolution in high school. Faced with such arguments, teachers and administrators need to have responses. Moreover, they need to teach evolution so that the coverage of evolution in the K-12 curriculum reflects its central place in biology.


EvolutionHigh school biology

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