17 January 2009

Teach Them Science

Teach Them ScienceThere's a new website devoted to the current kafuffle over the Texas K-12 science standards called Teach Them Science. I wish it had come to the party earlier.

I particularly love the summary of "False weaknesses." For each example, it gives an summary of why teaching the alleged weakness is counter-productive in an educational setting. For instance, the common claim the "Transitional fossils are rare or missing" ends with the summary:

This false weakness…

  • Teaches students to argue illogically.

  • Teaches that one unknown invalidates everything.

  • Teaches students to argue by establishing impossible criteria.

This website is among the best I've seen for clearly summarizing why teaching "limitations" or "weaknesses" to K-12 students is a poor idea.

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