Why Aren’t You Reading This?
Not you in particular, nor this post specifically, but speaking more broadly, I do wonder why skeptics in general aren’t as interested in teaching as I would have expected them to be, based on what we tend to value.
Looking at the traffic on this and other “skepticism in education” websites, I would have thought that most skeptics didn’t care about what happens in the classroom, and yet this is the opposite of what I hear skeptics actually saying.
I spend a lot of my free time reading skeptical websites and listening to skeptical podcasts. There are some themes that recur almost constantly, and one of the big ones is education. I frequently hear about the importance of teaching critical thinking in schools and the problems with teaching intelligent design in science classes, and then it seems that the interest dies there. Why do I keep hearing skeptics say “Education is so important,” and then not see them looking at what is actually going on with schools (beyond a few notable cases)?
While skepticism can be useful in many different fields, there are some where it seems more important than others. For example, in so-called alternative medicine, where lives are literally at stake. Though I have no medical qualifications or particular interests in medicine, I read things like Science Based Medicine because I realize how important it is to be aware of these issues. I want to know what’s going on with medical pseudosciences so I can direct my potential activism efforts effectively.
Education, at least from the sound of many skeptics, seems to be one of these issues, and yet you (again, not you specifically) are not reading this. So, why?
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