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Online Course for Teachers: Teaching Evolution

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SESSION 8

SESSION 8: How Can You Deal with Controversy?

Elaborate Part A: Case Studies

When teachers teach evolution, they sometimes face challenges from the community or their students. As you view the "Teaching Evolution Case Studies: Dealing with Controversy" video, pay attention to the strategies the teachers and administrators use to address possible controversy around evolution. Think about:

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What strategies did the teachers use to address the challenges?

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What did the principal feel was at stake in the controversy in Merrimack, New Hampshire?

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What strategies, policies, and practices helped the Merrimack school district deal with the challenges to its curriculum and teachers?

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How can schools distinguish between concerned parents and an organized political movement?

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How could controversy over evolution affect the way biology is taught in schools? What other subjects might be affected similarly?

 Image of human ancestral skulls.

Dealing with Controversy
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Have you ever had to deal with a conflict over teaching evolution? If so, how have you handled it? If not, how would you have handled the situation if you were a Merrimack biology teacher or the biology teacher on the Merrimack School Board? Summarize your response.

 



 

Facilitator Note 5

 

Next: Elaborate Part B: A Teacher's Perspective

 
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