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  •  teach the controversy..... (4+ / 0-)
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    is pretty worthless when the teachers aren't excellent.  And many high school and middle school teachers aren't wanting to teach the controversy- they run away from teaching evolution.  Adding the controversy to the textbooks undermines the credibility of the school district.  We have teevee shows featuring mediums, ghost hunters, Loch Ness monsters, Bigfoot, aliens and UFOs.  We don't have enough time to debunk all the crap that isn't science without teaching the controversy on stuff everyone agrees with.

    You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

    by murrayewv on Tue May 07, 2013 at 08:58:46 AM PDT

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    •  I teach the controversy on climate (0+ / 0-)

      Bare with me for a minute: after going through the physical science basis, how models are validated, and how the projections for the future depend on human actions, I ask students to apply their values to the situation.  What do they think should be done?  Less than 1% of my students have said we should do nothing.  Then we get to "teach the controversy".  Who are these people that advocate for no action?  What's their expertise?  Who pays them?  Who would benefit from their proposed policies (of inaction)?  What values could they hold that would lead them to propose doing nothing in light of the science we've just learned?  Is cognitive dissonance why people must reject the science -- because it leaves no moral avenue to defend the status quo?  With the changes the students propose based on their values, we then discuss how those changes might be made, what the social and political challenges are.  It gets real.  

      I agree that most teachers are not eager to tackle such a controversy, but it's important to relate the science to societal issues.  

      Are you just going to gripe about it, or are you going to do something to change it?

      by smithbm on Tue May 07, 2013 at 05:06:03 PM PDT

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