Education

The following statements outline my views regarding the teaching of evolution in public school science classrooms.

  • I think that the various theories of evolution (cosmological, geological, and biological) are the best scientific ideas yet developed for explaining how the universe has achieved its current state.

  • I think that the science curriculum in a public school should reflect the current consensus viewpoints among practicing scientists.

  • I think that if science teachers put greater emphasis on learning about the nature of science in their classes, there would be much less of a controversy surrounding evolution.

  • A s a science teacher, I see it as my professional obligation to keep track of all efforts to influence the teaching of mainstream science in public schools.

Essays About Science Education

The essays below relate to the teaching and learning of science in public schools. They are included here to offer you a broader picture of my viewpoints on evolution-related issues.

Statement of Educational Beliefs and Values

In this essay, I lay out my personal views on the overall importance of a good science education and describe what I think that might actually look like.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Nature of Science

These FAQs answer some of the most common questions that people have regarding the nature of science and scientific knowledge. I have compiled these FAQs over the years while working to help my students overcome their misconceptions about science.

Religion-Based Objections to Science Curriculum

This essay is an analysis of the legal aspects of the Creation/Evolution debate and its impact on public school curriculum. I specifically focus on the Kansas Science Standards controversy and the legal implications of the Board's decision.

Intelligent Design in the Public Schools

In this essay, I explain why I object to the recent efforts to insert "Intelligent Design" ideas into public school science standards.

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