Mon, Nov 12, 2018 3:43 PM
First and foremost, it is important to note that multiple national science associations recognize evolution as a unifying concept in biology. Science educators must teach the subject to the best of their abilities. These articles go into detail of important distinctions, problems, and solutions of teaching evolution.
There are many counter-claims about evolution. The "Evidence for Evolution" article goes into detail on how scientists can accurately date rocks and confirm the age of the Earth. However, it is not science-educators' place to argue and debate with their students/parents--their role is to teach. "Evolution: Don't Debate, Educate" explains this well. The article also goes into detail on how teaching nature of science and inquiry activities can help students accept evolution on their own. The next article, "Incorporating History" goes into detail explaining how teaching the history of the subjects helps the students' inquiry skills. "Research and Teaching" has data explaining how Identity Protective Cognition can make for a challenge teaching evolution. The article could do a better job in giving pedagogical advice to counter Identity Protective Cognition. Lastly, "Why Theories Do Not Turn Into Laws" has great activities for nature of science. The article makes a strong case for teaching these before teaching evolution. After doing the activities suggested in this article, students shouldn't doubt evolution just because it's a theory.