Book ID: CBB743449384

Going Ape: Florida's Battles over Evolution in the Classroom (2014)


Haught, Brandon (Author)

University Press of Florida

Publication Date: 2014
Physical Details: 296
Language: English

For nearly a century, Florida has been a key battleground for the teaching of evolution in public schools. Before he successfully prosecuted Tennessee teacher John Scopes in the infamous Scopes Monkey Trial, William Jennings Bryan was a prominent anti-evolution agitator in Florida. More than ninety years later, tensions still run high on both sides of the issue, erupting regularly and sometimes spectacularly.Florida is a bellwether in the creationism versus evolution debate because it reflects the makeup of the country as a whole. With its lively mix of young and old, liberal and conservative, rich and poor, Florida is an agglomeration of national opinions; more purple than red or blue. Brandon Haught tells the riveting story of the intense conflicts over teaching evolution in Florida, revealing how not just this state, but the entire country has been Going Ape over this hot-button issue.These seemingly ceaseless battles feature some of the most colorful culture warriors imaginable: a real estate tycoon throwing his fortune into campaigns in Miami; lawmakers attempting to insert the mandatory teaching of creationism into bills; and pastors and school board members squabbling in front of the national media that invariably descends on their small towns. Yet the majority of participants have been average people, and Haught expertly portrays the sense of moral duty that drives their passions, regardless of their position on the issue.Personally involved in the Florida evolution dispute since 2006 as a founding board member of Florida Citizens for Science, Haught is uniquely poised to present this dramatic conflict from an insider’s point-of-view. His eye for rich detail enlivens this engrossing saga as it stretches across the decades of the twentieth century and into the present. Given a social climate where the teaching of evolution continues to sharply divide neighbors and communities, Going Ape is a must-read for anyone concerned with the future of public education.

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Authors & Contributors
Salter, Daniel
Comfort, Nathaniel C.
Ruse, Michael
Laats, Adam
Lynn, Laura
Dawidowicz, Paula
Science and Education
Church History
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Studies in History of Biology
Museum History Journal
University of California Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Princeton University Press
Harvard University Press
Rowan & Littlefield Education
Palgrave Macmillan
Controversies and disputes
Science and religion
Science education and teaching
Intelligent design (teleology)
Darwin, Charles Robert
Scopes, John Thomas
Wilson, Edward Osborne
Dawkins, Richard
Lull, Richard Swann
Marsh, Othniel Charles
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
19th century
20th century, late
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
American Museum of Natural History, New York

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