New NCSE Video


“Teaching Creationism in Schools,” the second in a series of videos produced by NCSE, debuted at on April 23, 2008. The brief video presents three incidents in which NCSE helped concerned citizens to resist assaults on the integrity of evolution education. In the video, NCSE’s Eugenie C. Scott explains: “If we’re going to have good science education, now and in the future, we have to support people like Erec [Hillis], people like the citizens of Dover, and people like the citizens in Kansas, and we have to put out those brushfires. And NCSE is going to be there until the last fire is out.”

The video from the National Center for Science Education does make key points about the nefarious activities of the Intelligent Design movement. It is also fairly well done, in large part because it follows the style previously pioneered by Randy Olson in his monumental work Flock of Dodos. Also, the film only highlights the NCSE’s efforts, which is understandable since it is their film, but in so doing opportunities were lost to make it more interesting, if not down right startling.The press release from NCSE continues:

“Teaching Creationism in Schools” replaces “Teacher Expelled OverReligion,” which is currently among the most-watched and most-discussedvideos on YouTube. Since its launch on April 15, 2008, the video has beenviewed over 200,000 times, and is already among the 100 most highly ratedscience and technology videos in YouTube’s history, as well as in the topten highest rated science and technology videos for the month. “We’reoverjoyed at the response we’ve gotten,” commented NCSE’s Scott. “Theoutpouring of concern and support for Ms. Comer and for the plight ofscience education has been truly gratifying.”The videos are helping to attract visitors to NCSE’s, which provides concise and reliable information onthe mistaken and misleading claims of the creationist propaganda filmExpelled, a discussion of the dishonest tactics of the movie’s producers,and a burgeoning collection of links of reviews and news coverage. Amongthose taking notice are Michael Shermer, writing in the Los Angeles Times(April 16, 2008); Steve Mirsky, in Scientific American’s podcast (April 18,2008); and the movie reviewer for the Boston Globe (April 19, 2008).

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