Sunday, August 24, 2008
Once Too Often to the Wells
The New York Times has published the National Center for Science Education's answers to Jonathan Wells' disingenuous "Ten questions to ask your biology teacher about evolution," intended to be used by unwitting child agents of the Discovery Institute to disrupt biology classes across the nation.
A concise summary of the misconceptions embodied in Wells' "tricks to play on your teacher," it should be a good resource for beleaguered teachers everywhere, as is this page from the National Academies.
To see how much it is needed, read the Times story about David Campbell, cofounder of Florida Citizens for Science and a high school teacher in that state, and the challenges he faces ... and the opportunities that are open.
Then multiply it across the country.