Just last night PBS NewsHour featured about a ten minute segment entitled, Teachers Endure Balancing Act Over Climate Change Curriculum. Overall it is an impressive vignette of what some educators face when they decide to teach about climate change in their classroom, but also what makes for good climate change education. Cheryl Manning, the featured teacher, points out the importance of starting with asking questions and identifying the misconceptions that may persist among students. She also discusses the importance of understanding the difference between a theory in everyday life and a scientific theory, based on evidence and much testing.
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and if you are free at 5PM Eastern (4PM for us in Minnesota) TODAY, May 3, take time to join a live chat with Cheryl, as well as Susan Buhr from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), University of Colorado, Boulder and Pavane Gorrepati, a high school senior, who founded her school’s environmental club, met with President Obama, written a children’s book about the environment and researched climate change in China.
This discussion is timely and ties in well with our upcoming forum on August 6, featuring Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education. More on her visit can be found: https://www.climategen.orgcomponent/k2/item/1493-join-us