Tag Archive for science education

Continue, we must: US needs critical thinking advocates to step up and be heard

The DN/15 Credibility Street crew took a break yesterday because writing and talking about most things besides the election results seemed frivolous. We postponed our scheduled recording of the podcast because we weren’t in the right frame of mind, but by the end of the day, I saw many of the dejected pick themselves up,…

Cosmos series irritates those who hold anti-science ideas

The new Cosmos reboot is generating some waves for sure. Creationists have a beef with the exclusion (even derision) of the God concept while teachers are excited to have interesting science content for their classes. Now, climate change deniers might get a little broiled over the latest episode to air. New Video: Neil deGrasse Tyson Destroys…

Indiana lawmakers pull the “academic freedom” trope

What the hell are they doing? Ball State University president, Jo Ann Gora’s decision to scrap a science class,”Boundaries of Science” class taught by Eric Hedin, an assistant professor of physics, was her response to complaints that the class was promoting intelligent design, as opposed to evolution. Obviously, that is NOT a scientific take on nature.…

In Missouri, Brattin proposes parental consent to learn biology

I’m not joking when I ask, is he brain-dead? How would he think this would get him nothing but scorn and threats of lawsuits? Oh wait, he’s blinded by faith. Unprecedented Attack On Evolution ‘Indoctrination’ Mounted In Missouri. A Missouri lawmaker has proposed what ranks among the most anti-evolution legislation in recent years, which would…

Arguments about Texas textbooks is really about another book – The Bible

Last night was a public meeting on adopting biology and environmental sciences textbooks for Texas schools. The National Center for Science Education was there. Evolution debate again engulfs Texas board. The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science…

New study reveals paranormal investigators winning at being “scientifical”

Study examines influence of media messages on perceptions of paranormal investigators’ credibility. The omnipresence of paranormal entertainment piqued the interest of Paul Brewer, professor of communication at the University of Delaware, who wondered what makes viewers believe — or disbelieve — what they see on the screen. His resulting study, recently published in the journal…

Climate change resistance in science education, and a welcome new NCSE initiative

Climate change becomes a flash point in science education|LA Times. A flash point has emerged in American science education that echoes the battle over evolution, as scientists and educators report mounting resistance to the study of man-made climate change in middle and high schools. Although scientific evidence increasingly shows that fossil fuel consumption has caused…

Darwin’s ‘The Origin of Species’ to Become Art

Darwin’s ‘The Origin of Species’ to Become Illuminated Manuscript « ArtPlantae Today. Natural history artist, calligrapher and science educator, Kelly Houle, is creating a large-scale illuminated manuscript based on Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species. Each page will be designed as a work of art. All text will be written by hand and natural history illustrations will…