National Center for Science Education
NCSE promotes and defends accurate and effective science education, because everyone deserves
to engage with the evidence.
For 35 years the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has worked to ensure evidence-
based science is taught in public school science classrooms. Focused initially on preventing
creationism from being taught alongside or instead of evolution, the organization added climate
change to its mission in 2012 when it became clear that politicization of the topic was affecting
how it was being taught. NCSE is unique in its recognition that societally, but not scientifically,
controversial topics are challenging to teach. For these topics, accuracy alone is not enough to
change minds. NCSE helps train teachers and community volunteers in proven approaches that are
effective in helping learners overcome even deeply held misconceptions.
NCSE played a key role in several crucial legal battles that affirmed teaching creationism in public
schools is unconstitutional and continues to help local communities block legislative and other
efforts allowing or encouraging teachers to miseducate students on these critical topics.
Additionally, NCSE supports teachers directly by providing them the training and resources they
need to teach the topics of evolution and climate change even when the risk of community
opposition is high. Through our Science Booster Club program, we also provide an infrastructure
for local volunteers to bring accessible climate change and evolution activities to community
events, normalizing discussion of the topics, and providing authentic science experiences to tens of
thousands of community members.
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