The State of Evolution (Infographic)

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August 25, 2012 Tags: Education

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Note: The BioLogos Forum is pleased to present this infographic about evolution and public education in the United States. The graphic, titled “The State of Evolution”, draws upon sources from USA Today, the National Center for Science Education, and Pew Forum, and shows two challenges to a widespread understanding of the science of evolution in the United States: lack of detailed teaching of the subject in public school classrooms, and attempts to limit such teaching through legislation. For details on the source material go here. We encourage you to share the graphic with anyone and everyone, but please be sure to link back to this post as its source!

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Roger A. Sawtelle - #72183

August 25th 2012

Evolution is not the problem and teaching evolution is not the solution.

Understanding evolution is the problem and the solution.

hassan shah - #76144

January 22nd 2013

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Gregory - #72187

August 25th 2012

Interesting that Arkansas received a grade ‘B’ after hosting the ‘68 and ‘81 court cases. That puts it currently in the top 15% according to ‘science standards’ of US states, so says NCSE.

Arkansas ranked 35th place out of 50 in high school graduates in 2008.

Science and Engineering Readiness Index (SERI) scores it 41st place in 2011.

I guess as long as their standards include teaching evolution, they should be alright according to NCSE?

Stephen Mapes - #72190

August 25th 2012

If you really are interested in why each state scored as it did, you can take the time to read through the thorough 217 page report listed in the sources. Arkansas is on page 23.

Also keep in mind the NCSE is ranking the comprehensiveness teaching plans, not how they are applied or how well students learn them.

David Roemer - #72189

August 25th 2012

The following is a list of true statements about evolutionary biology that many educated people, even those who write about evolution, don’t understand or don’t know.

  1. The theory of natural selection only explains the adaptation of animals to the environment, not common descent. Not enough is known about the innovations natural selection acts upon to understand how bacteria evolved into mammals in only 3.5 billion years.
  2. The only theory that explains common descent is intelligent design, but there is no evidence for ID. Many scholars think that what is wrong with ID is that it is “not science.”
  3. The second law of thermodynamics (entropy or disorder increases in an open system of non-interacting particles) does not apply to evolution. Some scholars think evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics and others think it does not. The second law also does not apply to the evolution of stars from hydrogen gas.
  4. Some scholars think that evolution does not violate the second law because the earth is exposed to energy from the sun. The sun heats things up which causes entropy to increase.
  5. The entropy of the biosphere cannot be calculated using the Boltzmann constant and an estimate of the thermodynamic probability of living organisms. An article published by the American Journal of Physics (Vol. 76, No. 11, November 2008) performs such a calculation, believe it or not. You can download this article at

Francis - #72195

August 25th 2012

“… challenges to a widespread understanding of the science of evolution in the United States: lack of detailed teaching of the subject in public school classrooms …”

As with many things in life, maybe this is because “the devil’s in the details.”


“Science magazine ranked the United States 34th out of 35 developed nations in public acceptance of evolution”

Maybe this a good thing. (“But many that are first will be last, and the last first.” [Mat 19:30])


Overall, some real signs of progress.  

Ryan Albert - #76384

February 6th 2013

Lack of detailed teaching in public school classrooms, and attempts to limit such teaching through legislation. Office Furniture Dubai UAE

BERN_velasco - #72221

August 27th 2012

In defense of the excellent science eduaction my wife and I each recieved in Arizona public schools I would like to point out that our distinctive - yea-verily indeed iconic - shape looks nothing like that of Arkansas.

Stephen Mapes - #72242

August 28th 2012

Our apologies to both great states, Bern! The real Arkansas has been added in the updated graphic above (refresh your cache if you can’t see it).

Avery Davis - #75925

January 13th 2013

The graphic introduces the map as being a product of rankings in a 2012 report by NCSE.

Please post a citation for this, as none of the links on the sources page lead to the NCSE report. 

The report linked at is the Science magazine article, not a report by the NCSE. I really need the original source for these rankings. 

Common Man - #76120

January 21st 2013

I must acknowledge this ” In doing so, we will find that science is not a rigid, impersonal assemblage of facts, but a dynamic and distinctly human enterprise.”

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Carl Maxwell - #76166

January 23rd 2013

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Binh Hai - #76258

January 31st 2013


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