Rice University sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund is available to discuss the Texas Board of Education’s upcoming contentious vote on a new science curriculum that outlines the way evolution is taught in Texas public schools.
At issue is whether a teacher should raise doubts about evolution when teaching biology and other science classes. The impacts could be felt far and wide, as school textbook publishers write to Texas’ standards. A change in the way Texas teaches its students could change the way other states look at the issue.
Ecklund, associate director of Rice’s Center on Race, Religion and Urban Life, directs the national study on religion and spirituality among scientists at top universities. Religion Among Academic Scientists is the first study in more than 20 years to systematically gather data on this topic. Ecklund recently conducted in-depth interviews with 300 scientists and completed a survey of nearly 1,700 scientists on their views on science and religion.