Teaching Evolution in a Climate of Science Denial

As promised this is where I found out about the paintings from my last post.  Steven Newton of the NCSE gave a talk about the above topic and whilst it does focus on one scientific concept I think it’s fair to say it can be loosely ascribed to all topics if the science denialism really does spread laterally.  It also shows that creationism is much more wide spread in the states than some of us (myself included) would have realised.  I know that there are a few creationist churches within modest driving distance of where I live, although I’m not aware of any of their kids challenging their teachers the way some do in the states.

With that being said lets get back to buisness.  This talk is from May and it’s focus is the following:

What challenges do biology teachers face from creationists? How do you respond to students asking the “10 questions”? What are the different flavors of creationist belief? NCSE programs and policy director Steve Newton explores this and other issues before an audience of high school teachers from across the country.

The talk is about an hour and a half long and it’s been broken into 3 seperate chunks, each of which are below.  I found it very interestined, especially the bits relating to the fact that no one challenges things like mass = force x acceleration.