The Answer Sheet: Science


Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/01/2011

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  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 01/29/2011

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  |  01:07 PM ET, 01/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science, Science | Tags:  biology, biology teachers, charles darwin, creationism, darwin, evolution, evolutionary biology, high school biology, high school science, intelligent design, study on evolution

Posted at 01:50 PM ET, 10/28/2010

Poll: How science should be taught

A national survey released today shows that big percentages of science teachers and parents believe that kids should learn science with hands-on experiments but only 22 percent of teachers feel they have the resources needed to conduct them.

By Valerie Strauss  |  01:50 PM ET, 10/28/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science | Tags:  how to teach science, parent involvement, science, science lessons, science teachers, teaching, teaching science

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 06/23/2010

Texas judge rejects creationist master's degree

A federal judge has denied an effort by the Institute for Creation Research to issue masters degrees in science education from “a Biblical scientific creationist viewpoint,” instead siding with state officials who initially refused to allow the program to go forward.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:35 PM ET, 06/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science | Tags:  creationism, creationism vs. evolution, creationist science, earth science institute and texas, institute for creation research, judge rejects creationist masters degree, judge sam sparks and ruling, texas and creationist institute, texas higher education coordinating board

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 03/23/2010

Why aren’t there more women in STEM?

A new report says that social and environmental factors still play the biggest role in the gender gap in science and engineering fields.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:15 AM ET, 03/23/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science, Science, Science, Science | Tags:  AAUW report, gender gap in STEM

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/21/2010

Tonight watch Discover's new 'Life' series

Tonight the Discovery Channel is starting its 11-part natural history series called "Life," the follow-up to the wildly successful "Planet Earth." This new effort is fabulous too. So science teachers and parents: Find a way to get kids to tune in. Make it an assignment. Bribe 'em. Enjoy it with them. Whatever. Just watch.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Science | Tags:  Discovery Channel, Life series, Planet Earth