Teachers today face daunting, sometimes scary challenges, a trio of Oak Ridge High School educators said Thursday.This is what happens when people who have no basic scientific knowledge get into positions of power in legislatures and then can wreck havoc on educational policies. You need to have a policy in place so that people who are appointed to education committees or who run for state education boards have to pass a basic test in the understanding of modern science. Those who cannot or will not try to understand it should not be on education boards.
“We’re teaching science in a climate of denial,” biology teacher Beth Adler said. “We have legislated denial.”
From the theory of evolution to climate change, teachers are becoming wary of teaching basic scientific consensus because of the potential backlash they can face, she said.
“This leads to intimidated and capitulating teachers,” she said. “We need courage. It is scary,” Adler said. “We need to hear ‘Thank you for teaching the scientific consensus.’”
Adler said she’s faced 14- and 15-year-old students, some of them in tears, “ready to argue basic scientific principles,” and other students “thinking that climate change is a liberal hoax.”
Monday, March 25, 2013
Science Teachers Express Frustration
Science teachers are beginning to express frustration about having to get around legislation that requires them to add ID-tinged education to their classrooms. As Bob Fowler, of the Knoxville News Sentinel writes: