When does biology and science education in the U.S. begin?

Is the U.S. school system afraid to teach biology and science because of the scopes monkey trial and Dover Intelligent Design case?

I know an eight grader who is just beginning his first science class - "Earth Science."
Why doesn't science and biology education begin in kindergarden?

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Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 2:18am

Team identifies genes that let pipefish dads get pregnant.

detailed genome of the snakelike gulf pipefish offers a new way to explore an ancient fish family that includes seahorses and sea dragons.

Genetic changes in this group have generated bodies with vastly different features. Comparing the genome with other vertebrate organisms may help scientists learn about basic aspects of human biology, such as how skulls develop and change shape and how the genome that people mostly share with other vertebrates can be tweaked to create new structures, says Susan Bassham, a senior research associate in the lab of University of Oregon biologist Bill Cresko where the research was done.

More in the above link including a neat photograph.

Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 2:05am

There Are Over 1,000 Communities Across the U.S. With 4x the Lead P...

Reuters investigation finds Flint’s water contamination crisis is just the tip of a very contaminated iceberg.  

Comment by Chris on December 29, 2016 at 11:41pm

IUD's are more effective than other forms of temporary birth control.

The procreate movement has a lot of influence over birth control including tubal ligations and vacectomies.

Comment by Chris on December 29, 2016 at 11:14pm

John Elder,

Reptiles, amphibians, and fish also are becoming feminized. I haven't read studies about femenized mamals which may be a taboo subject with the LGBT movement.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 28, 2016 at 11:21am
Chris, lol. The damned miners just blame the lack of jobs on the democrats and continue to vote republican.
Ky is last full of evangelicals. They aren't concerned with the truth, or the environment, because god is going to give them their everlasting rewards in heaven.
And Facebook is the only 'news' they read. The are ignorant enough to have voted trump, and everything he stands for into office.
Comment by John Elder on December 28, 2016 at 7:51am

Referring to drugs being flushed Chris, a few years ago someone noticed that male alligators were becoming more scarce in S. FL. On closer examination they weren't really scarce, only more than normally feminized. Many were found with undeveloped or micro penises and resembling females. Turns out that when their waters were tested, the levels of estrogens were very high and likely having sexual developmental effects feminizing young male gators. The levels of the estrogens in the waters was determined to be due to high S Florida populations of women flushing urine that contained birth control hormones that were making their way into the water systems. I don't have a reference for this. It was a big deal when I was in grad school in the 80's-90's.

Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 2:59am

Many companies profit from externalaties - i.e. polluted rivers, oceans, and air. 

A coal miner, or others in the reigion shouldn't have to suffer with the environmental damage done in the area they live in.

A company name change is a handy way to avoid prosecution for the (external) polution left behind.

{my rant may be better than your rant}.

Comment by Chris on December 28, 2016 at 2:45am

Being a neophyte it seems to me that there is a better way to conduct business. If someone was raised with a mining background then learning about alternative engery sources may be difficult.

I'm stupid most of the time, but it seems that as difficult as learning something new may be it's better than having polluted water and other environmental hazards around.

Comment by kathy: ky on December 28, 2016 at 1:05am
Ky is known for mining and the companies filing bankruptcy. The same areas are mined for decades. Under a dozen different names while never actually shutting down.
And mountain top mining is the worst. Eastern ky has ruined drinking water and environments. While the miners call for more mining and less regulations. Mountain top mining allows heavy equipment, and less than a dozen operators, remove the coal weeks instead of years with a workforce that has shrank from thousands of people to half a dozen.

But the voters believe politicians who keep promising good paying jobs again.
Overlook my poorly written rant about the coal mines in ky and elsewhere.
Comment by Chris on December 27, 2016 at 3:00am

It isn't only drugs being flushed, medicine and vitamins are also expelled in urine. 

Pharmacuticals are properly disposed of by incineration. The town I live in only has three places that accept medicine for proper disposal. It seems to me that every business that sells environmental hazards such as pharmacuticals should be required to accept products they sell from purchasers for proper disposal.  A better way to express it may be the disposal cost should be included with the purchase.

Water treatment plants don't eliminate pharmacuticals, pestecides, herbicides, many household cleansers, synthetic clothing residue (from washing acrylic and other plastic based laundry).

Erin Brokovich has a Map  showing environmental pollution, water pollution, and superfund sites.

The pollutants are causing more environmental damage than girls maturing faster rate than previous times in history.  Glyphsphate and BPH are both estrogens.  Plastic is all over the place.  There is a corn based plastic that is biodegradable as there is antifreeze that isn't harmful.  If the cost to dispose of harmful chemicals was charged at the time of purchase maybe there would be less pollution.

 Mine someplace, pollute the area then declare bankruptcy seems to be a popular and acceptable business model.

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