National Center for Science Education

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The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a non-profit organization based in Oakland, California affiliated with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It is the United States' leading anti-creationist organization,[1] and defends the teaching of evolutionary biology and opposes the teaching of religious views in science classes in America's public schools. They are also coordinating Project Steve.

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In 1980 Stanley L. Weinberg, a veteran high-school teacher in Iowa, began to organize statewide Committees of Correspondence "committed to the defense of education in evolutionary theory," modelled upon the committees of correspondence in pre-Revolutionary America. Their purpose was to keep interested parties informed about creationist endeavours and to share ideas for responses, allowing a political response at a local level. This grew into volunteer networks in most states, with the Creation/Evolution Newsletter interconnecting them,[2] which was incorporated as the NCSE in 1983.[3] In 1987, author and lecturer Eugenie Scott, who holds a PhD in Physical Anthropology, became its executive director.[4] The Board of Directors and official supporters, as explained by NCSE, "reflects our scientific roots."[cite this quote]

In the 1990s, based upon its monitoring of creationist efforts, it issued warnings of high levels of official anti-evolutionism and a "sharp surge upwards" in creationist attacks on evolution, including attempts to downgrade evolution from "fact" to "theory" (see evolution as theory and fact‎) or present the "evidence against evolution" (see objections to evolution).[5]

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