Thursday, May 05, 2011

On this day in 1925 - John Scopes arrested for teaching evolution

This comes from:

1925 - "John T. Scopes is arrested for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in a Tennessee public school.  In the famous 'Monkey Trial' the next month in Dayton, Scopes was found guilty and fined $100.  The verdict was reversed on appeal.  Ironically, Scopes was not a biology teacher (he was a physics teacher substituting for a sick biology teacher), and he was not even in school the day when evolution was taught."

The Scopes trial is considered in this recent book in the science library:
Galileo goes to jail : and other myths about science and religion / edited by Ronald L. Numbers.  Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2009.  The myth in this case being that the Scopes trial ended in defeat for anti-evolutionists - they won the case then (though lost on appeal), and continue to push anti-evolution legislation.  

Learn more about current efforts to challenge the teaching of evolution at the National Center for Science Education.

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