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Alabama school standards for teaching science are evolving.

Education leaders have pushed past old standards which led to requirements like stickers on biology books warning that evolution was “a controversial theory.” Those now are gone.

Added are more hands-on experiments and course material about global warming and climate change.Azza Faiad 2 screenshot CNN

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There has been little opposition in Alabama, where both topics normally raise the ire of politicians and some parents.  Three years of planning for the new standards went smoothly and they now have the backing of the state’s science teachers association.

The biggest change is in the area of “doing science” — involving students in conducting experiments and hands-on exploration of scientific topics. Science teachers love that because it will help students understand the subject better than relying on textbooks alone.

(READ more at NPR News) — Photo: Per Henning/NTNU, CC

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