06 Feb '12, 8pm

What's a Science Teacher to Do?

It used to be sex ed that got science teachers into challenging situations once in awhile. Evolution, too, of course. Increasingly, the “C” word, climate, is creating challenges for educators trying to explore the heat-trapping properties of carbon dioxide and the implications for climate as concentrations of CO2 and other greenhouse gases rise. Here’s an excerpt from a post at Real Climate that asks, “So What’s a Teacher to Do?”: Imagine you’re a middle-school science teacher, and you get to the section of the course where you’re to talk about climate change. You mention the “C” words, and two students walk out of the class. Or you mention global warming and a hand shoots up. “Mrs. Brown! My dad says global warming is a hoax!” Or you come to school one morning and the principal wants to see you because a parent of one of your students has accused you of political bias bec...

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