Getting the Facts Straight: A Viewer's Guide to
Accuracy and objectivity are what we should expect in a television
documentary - especially in a science documentary on a publicly-funded
network. But the PBS EVOLUTION series falls far short of meeting these
basic standards. It distorts the scientific evidence, ignores scientific
disagreements over Darwin's theory, and misrepresents the theory's
critics. The series also displays a sharply biased view of religion
and seeks to influence the political debate over how evolution should
be taught in schools. EVOLUTION presents itself as science journalism,
but it is actually a work of one-sided advocacy.
The series is intended not only for broadcast on public television,
but also for use in public schools. EVOLUTION's biased content, however,
makes it inappropriate for classroom use without supplementary materials.
This Viewer's Guide has been prepared to help teachers, parents, students,
and interested citizens ensure that discussions of evolution in the
classroom fairly represent the evidence and the full range of scientific
viewpoints about Darwin's controversial theory.
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