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The fight over teaching evolution, climate change

A survey shows many biology teachers are afraid to teach evolution. A proposed law in Tennessee would require science educators to "teach the controversies" regarding evolution and climate change -- even though scientists don't think there is much controversy. What's going on in the world of science instruction?

By Valerie Strauss  | March 1, 2011; 8:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Anthony Cody, Guest Bloggers, Science  | Tags:  climate change, evolution, global warming, intelligent design, science class, scopes trial, teaching climate change, teaching evolution, theory of evolution  
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Why NAEP science scores were so low

What is surprising about the newly released science scores in the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress, commonly known as the nation’s report card, is that anybody is surprised that they were so low.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 26, 2011; 2:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Science, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  naep, naep science scores, no child left behind, standardized tests  
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STEM Sell: Are math, science really more important than other subjects?

Does one subject merit special attention, deserve more dollars, constitute the core of what we expect our schools to offer? Alfie Kohn writes about the latest obsession with STEM subjects.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 17, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Alfie Kohn, Guest Bloggers, Math, Science  | Tags:  STEM, STEM education, alfie kohn, dow jones, obama and STEM, obama school reform, president obama, school reform  
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Study: Most high school biology teachers don’t endorse evolution

The central theory of biology is evolution yet a new study shows that most high school biology teachers are reluctant to endorse it in class.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 29, 2011; 1:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (39)
Categories:  Research, Science  | Tags:  biology, biology teachers, charles darwin, creationism, darwin, evolution, evolutionary biology, high school biology, high school science, intelligent design, study on evolution  
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Willingham: 3 brain facts every educator should know

Cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham writes, "Most of what you see advertised as educational advice rooted in neuroscience is bunkum."

By Valerie Strauss  | December 27, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Daniel Willingham, Guest Bloggers, Learning, Science  | Tags:  brain-based classrooms, brain-based education, brain-based teaching, daniel willingham, myelination, neuroscience and education, prefrontal cortex and teens, teaching and neuroscience, the brain and education  
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Poll: How science should be taught, Valerie Strauss , October 28, 2010
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Why aren’t there more women in STEM?, Valerie Strauss , March 23, 2010
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