Required Readings

Climate change ed, beliefs about science, retaliatory tenure denial, not-so-native in the Digital Age, and LSEA repeal 2014: Required Readings 4.22.14

Starting off this Earth Day edition of Required Readings is a piece on the inclusion of climate change topics in curricula around the globe. Meanwhile in the United States, some states are rejecting the Next Generation Science Standards because of their stance on climate change (ie, they indicate that climate change is now fact). The backlash to such rejection is growing.

In a related vein, a new poll shows that science educators have their work cut out for them: More than half of respondents noted that they were “not too confident” or “not at all confident” that the statement “the universe began 13.8 billion years ago with a big bang” was correct.

On the higher education front, a Harvard anthropology professor is claiming that she was denied tenure “in retaliation for her public expressions of support for sexual assault victims, as well as for complaining that she was not receiving the same pay as her male colleagues.”

Rejecting the idea that undergraduates today are all “digital natives,” some colleges are adding courses about how to manage one’s online presence.

Later this week, the Louisiana Senate Education Committee will be hearing testimony regarding Senate Bill 175, which aims to repeal the state’s stealth creationism law, the Louisiana Science Education Act. You can help this effort, whether or not you live in the state.

Our sister site Grounded Parents posted this article about raising young skeptics recently. From an educational perspective, I wonder about the flip side: the extent to which such students affect classroom dynamics or whether they require a different pedagogical approach. Thoughts?

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Librarienne is a university librarian who sees her professional mission as teaching the masses how to separate the wheat from the chaff in today's expanding universe of information, that everything you read requires a critical eye, and how to properly use apostrophes.

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