There are millions of people who deny the scientific truth that the Earth is 4.55 Billion years old. They insist that it no more than 10,000 years old. In poll of U.S. adults, 40% did not accept the theory of evolution as a valid explanation for the creation of life on earth. Instead they believe in creation myths, or intelligent design. Many people claim that climate change is a hoax. Others reject the link between HIV and AIDS. … Read more
|Note: I just received this update from ScienceDebate’s Shawn Otto reminding us of the following debate on climate science on Thursday, November 1 in D.C.
The Debate We Should Have Had: Science, Climate and the Next Four Years
Featuring Obama campaign surrogate Kevin Knobloch and former Republican congressman and Delaware governor Mike Castle.
Moderated by ScienceDebate.org‘s Shawn Otto and ClimateDesk Live’s Chris Mooney.
The Presidential candidates have responded to Science Debate’s 14 questions on science and education. You can read and compare their answers at this Scientific American website. Scientific American will grade the candidate’s answers, and publish the results in October. Obama and Romney were asked questions about innovation and the economy, climate change, pandemics, energy, food, water, the Internet, the oceans, science in public policy, space, natural resources, public health, and science & mathematics education.
The answers are disappointing. … Read more
David Gergen, Michael Lubell and Shawn Otto had a very important conversation with Ira Flatow on this week’s Science Friday about why the science debate project is critical to the country. The discussion focused on science in the presidential debates, and looked at why asking the candidates about science is so low on the list of priorities.
Why are we supporting the notion of a single set of science standards which has been done in mathematics and language reading/language art? We live in a democracy. One the of founding principles of education is that elected school board members for the more than 15,000 school districts are charged with making decisions for each local school district. What are we thinking?
There is a profusion of blogs on the Internet, but some of them stand out because they are not only compelling, but they convey accomplished, artful, intelligent, and powerful content. I’ve selected nine blogs that I read regularly to expand my own thinking about science teaching, technology and education. They represent the range of topics that interest me, and that I find are important. I hope you will, too. Here they are.
- Cool Cat Teacher Blog The author of this blog is Vicki Davis, a full-time high school teacher of technology, and global curriculum developer in Camilla, Georgia.
The Art of Teaching Science has just published a new eBook entitled The Enigma of High-Stakes Testing in Science.
The Enigma of High-Stakes Testing in Science is a new eBook published by the Art of Teaching Science Weblog, and made available free. This eBook is based on blog posts that were written over the past few months. The content of this eBook is based on the position that high-stakes tests, which are used to make life-changing decisions about students, teachers, and schools, should be banned from use as further research is carried out to design alternate systems that are humanistic and student-centered.… Read more
The No Child Left Behind Act is linked to the data that shows schools in California are teaching less science because teachers are pressured to prepare students for the required math and English high-stakes tests.
Valerie Strauss writes that Virginia is moving to require that students would only be required to take tests in math and English. Students would not take tests in science and social studies. On the one hand, this is a great idea because I believe high-stakes tests should be banned. … Read more
Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America is the title of a new book by Shawn Lawrence Otto, c0- founder of Science Debate 2008, one of the largest online (125 million) science sites that featured a “debate” between the 2008 Presidential candidates on science.
In Science Debate 2008, Presidential candidates (even during the primaries) were invited to participate in real debates on science, but no candiate accepted. So Science Debate submitted 14 questions (which were reviewed by millions of readers) to the two candidates, Barak Obama and John McCain. … Read more
Education reform in general, and science education specifically is based on a standards-based reform (SBR) model that has its roots in outcome-based education (OBE). The intent of OBE in science education was largely student-centered, in that education was focused on measurable student performances, that are called outcomes. In fact, many of the progressive models that have been discussed on this blog have been incorporated by outcome-based educators. If you look at the literature of OBE, it generally agreed that standardized tests or high-stakes tests ought not be used in OBE systems. … Read more