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Academy Opposes Creationism

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The National Academy of Sciences has produced a booklet arguing that creationism is not an appropriate subject for study in the science classroom.

The booklet will be distributed free to 44,000 people, including science teachers, all school-district superintendents, heads of all secondary-school science departments, and others.

Work on the booklet began two years ago, when creationism became a national issue because of highly publicized trials over pro-creationism laws in Arkansas and Louisiana. Now, according to anti-creationism groups, much of the debate about creationism occurs at the school-district level.

"People advocating creationism in schools have a lot of literature,'' said Barbara Jorgenson, a spokesman for the nas "One thing that's been lacking is an authoritative document for people trying to keep creationism out of science classrooms."

The nas is a nonprofit education association concerned with furthering science in public schools.--ah

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