Archives for January 2009

The 200th Anniversary of The Father of Evolution

This is the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, who was born February 12, 1809, which is the same day that Abraham Lincoln was born.  Darwin, according to one of our grandsons, is the “father of evolution,” (see yesterday’s post). Two recent publications devote considerable space to Charles Darwin and Evolution.  The January […]

The Father of Evolution

Today I received a voicemail from one of our grandsons (Evan) wondering if I might come and speak to his science class. After leaving a message saying I would be happy to do this, he called back and explained. His middle school science teacher is working with the students in a study of evolution, and […]

Track II Diplomacy and Science Teaching

In yesterday’s post, I used the phrase “track II diplomacy” when I was reporting an interview with Dr. Peter Agre, the new president of the AAAS. It turns out that Dr. Agre agrees with a group of American scientists who wish to talk with North Korean scientists, in a sort of “informal diplomacy,” discussion, and […]

Science Teaching: In search of the answers of questions unknown

There were two articles in the New York Times today that relate to this post about the nature of science teaching. One was an essay entitled by Dennis Overbye, Elevating Science, Elevating Democracy, and the other was an interview with Peter Agre (President of the AAAS & Nobel Winner in Biology, and major contributor to […]

Why Do Politicians & Other Elected Ones Spend So Much Time Worrying About Evolution?

In June 2008, the Governor of Louisiana signed the Louisiana Science Education Act into law which supports the Trojan Horse of using critical thinking as a way to creak open the door for the teaching of Creationism and Intelligent Design as part of science teaching. And now the State of Texas is having at it. […]

Why Do Politicians & Other Elected Ones Spend So Much Time Worrying About Evolution?

In June 2008, the Governor of Louisiana signed the Louisiana Science Education Act into law which supports the Trojan Horse of using critical thinking as a way to creak open the door for the teaching of Creationism and Intelligent Design as part of science teaching. And now the State of Texas is having at it. […]

Dear Mr. President

Today was the first day of a new era with the inauguation of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. Yesterday, I suggested that this meant a new era in that new thinking has arrived in Washington, and it will celebrate inclusiveness and diversity. I received in the post today a copy […]

A New Era of Science as Inquiry

On January 20, a new era in science education begins at noon in Washington, DC. I say this because newness in thinking has been brought to the Nation’s capital and is signaled by the inauguation of President Barach Obama. This new thinking will be inclusive and diverse. Let me explain. Science at its core is […]

Experiential Science Education: The Real Core of Teaching

Experiential education is not a new idea, and it certainly is not a new construct for science teachers, especially those teachers that involve their students in inquiry and problem-based learning.  However, experiential education has not at the top of the “to-do” list in the minds of many leaders and advocates for the No Child Left […]

Science Survey: What Matters Most to You?

I received an email from ScienceDebate2008 asking to complete a survey designed by the National Academies to find out what matters most to interested participants.  At the site you will read this statement: The National Academies want to develop websites, podcasts, and printed information featuring the topics in science, engineering, and medicine that concern you […]

Rethinking Schools: Calling for a Paradigm Shift, Nearly 20 Years and Counting

Happy New Year! Yesterday I introduced readers of this Weblog to Bob Peterson, a teacher from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who organized a team of educators to develop the website: Social Studies Resources.  Bob Peterson is a veteran teacher, who with a group of Milwaukee-area teachers envisioned education in their own classroom being improved, and through their […]