Even though most consider the Scopes trial a victory for evolution, fewer high school teachers taught evolution after the Scopes trial than before. The amount of evolution in textbooks decreased rapidly after 1925 (Grabiner and Miller 1974; Skoog 1979). This remained the case until the late 1950s, when a federally funded campaign to improve precollege science education brought evolution back into textbooks. As evolution eased back into the science curriculm, antievolutionists reacted and creation science appeared on the scene. The appearance of a small metal sphere in the heavens helped to kick-start the process.
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