The present chapter deconstructs the disclaimers-warning the reader about evolution-pasted into the front covers of science textbooks in Alabama. By now one might think that the disclaimer rhetoric should fall on deaf ears. However, such depictions have worked their way into the national psyche and that the misconceptions contained within them are commonly held by university biology majors. We deconstruct the rhetoric in such a way that presents the exercise as a useful pedagogical tool for changing attitudes about evolution, increasing knowledge about the nature of science, and enhancing understanding the anti-evolutionist “movements” singular by dropping the final ‘s’. We close by summarizing the present state of affairs in Alabama regarding disclaimers and issuing a call to action. A warning label may not seem like much … What it does do is damage a child's perception of a widely accepted explanation for the diversity of life on this planet. Unfortunately, even getting rid of the sticker will not cure the internal problems exposed by this debate. And we all know that stickers are never easy to remove entirely.
|Title of host publication||Evolution Education in the American South|
|Subtitle of host publication||Culture, Politics, and Resources in and around Alabama|
|Number of pages||20|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2017|