When you teach science as recall rather than as thinking?

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Dan Berrett said:

Rates of scientific literacy among American adults hover below 30 percent. More than a third of them aren’t convinced that the planet is warming, and only half think human activity is causing climate change, despite consensus among scientists that it is. Even long-settled subjects are still clouded by doubt: 30 percent of Americans say parents should be able to choose not to vaccinate their children; 53 percent think humans and dinosaurs coexisted; and 70 percent don’t believe in the Big Bang theory.

via http://chronicle.com/article/Teaching-Science-So-It-Sticks/229881

Our generally poor understanding of science has critical policymaking implications…

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One Response to “When you teach science as recall rather than as thinking?”

  1. As a biology teacher, it still astonishes me at how many of my students come in with the misconception that evolution is a belief, rather than real science. While I challenge students with inquiry-based activities and allow students to examine the data and evidence for themselves, there are always a few students that stand by their initial stance, “I don’t believe in evolution.” Many times I find out these are long standing beliefs of the family and/or parents. However, I don’t believe that the introduction of standardized testing with NCLB promoted the type of teaching and/or learning science through inquiry. Many teachers felt that this encouraged, or even forced, a “mile-wide, inch deep” type of curriculum. As standardized testing continues to evolve, I do have hope that teaching by recall will gradually become a thing of the past.

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