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We science teachers have not done our job. Yes, we teach about dependent and independent variables, we lead students through some version of the scientific method. We teach them about sample sizes and control groups. We teach the difference between observation and inference, and the definitions of hypothesis and theory.
But the fact that there are adults in this country who can't differentiate between bad science and good science and are not capable of recognizing faked or biased science on social media or when reading a newspaper article or watching TV is an indictment of us. We haven't made the connections between what scientists do in a laboratory and what the average citizen must do every day. We need to change that.
When you and I watch an ad on T.V. for a weight loss product that promises "up to" ten pounds of weight loss in eight weeks, we scoff. Millions of Americans click. When you and I see a Facebook post claiming that "SHOCKING!!" new evidence has been uncovered that climate change is a "HOAX!!" we roll our eyes. Millions of Americans "share". We have a responsibility to change that.
We need to TEACH students how to recognize bad science, fake science, and biased science. We need to give them practice recognizing bad science on social media. We need to give them opportunities to discuss the nuanced spectrum of bias in science. I'm retired now, but I feel a personal responsibility to help teachers who are still in the classroom to make a difference. I've created a free resource How To Spot Bad Science Online and on Social Media to help any teacher who wants to be part of creating a generation of American citizens who recognize and dismiss bad science in their daily lives. Please download and use it. Make change happen.
I'm joining with many other TpT teachers to offer resources for making positive social change, and for creating a kinder and more informed citizenry. Join us please. Download the "forever free" resources you can find on Teachers Pay Teachers, using the hashtags #kindnessnation and #weholdthesetruths in your search.
And I'm happy to also join in with a Secondary Smorgasbord Blog Hop Jan. 20 - 23rd
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