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Why Bill Nye Debated Creationist Ken Ham

Why Bill Nye Debated Creationist Ken Ham | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How to watch the debate and why scientists are mad.
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Risk of crime in gated communities

Risk of crime in gated communities | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Gated communities are perceived to be safe havens in a world of risk and uncertainty, but new research from the United States challenges received opinion and suggests that, although opportunistic burglaries may be minimized, the risk of other...
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from the article: "Research published this month in the journal Justice Quarterly confirms that homes in gated communities are subjected to fewer burglaries than those in non-gated communities. However, there is evidence that these communities not only push crime to other, less secure, neighbourhoods, but also present an increased risk of other crimes, including "intimate partner violence."


Teachers can help students gain an understanding of the complexity of social issues with this article. Students can research and discuss short term solutions to social issues like poverty, crime, unemployment. The important goal of such discussions may be to explore how simple solutions can/cannot solve big problems. Students need to become productive and informed citizens, wherever they are, by recognizing fallacies, complex issues, and the nature of different types of problems and problem solving. 

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New study clinches it: the Earth is warming up

New study clinches it: the Earth is warming up | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
For quite some time now, the evidence that the Earth is warming up has been piling up. Study after study has shown this, and that's why the vast majority of scientists agree on it.
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This article helps the teacher construct expectations of classroom discussion. It even offers a distinction between deniers and skeptics (hyperlinked) for more exploration. The picture of the "denialist's mascot" drives home the point: disagree with supporting evidence; listen to the rebuttal.

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Presidential Debate Rules and Format

Presidential Debate Rules and Format | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it

How the rules and format of the U.S. presidential debates have changed throughout history.

 

excerpt: "The first televised presidential debate was a huge step for modern politics. While the majority of radio listeners considered Richard Nixon the winner, television gave John Kennedy a clear advantage. Kennedy, who was tan, fit, and well-rested, was considered the winner by television viewers who didn’t appeal to Nixon, a pale and sweaty mess after being ill for weeks. The Great Debates displayed television’s power to move campaigns forward. Debate rules and formats continue to evolve, as do the people in charge."

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What's right — and very wrong — with the teacher education debate - Washington Post (blog)

What's right — and very wrong — with the teacher education debate - Washington Post (blog) | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
What's right — and very wrong — with the teacher education debate Washington Post (blog) The richness came in the variety of ways they realized these qualities—an important point, given the push by some for increasingly regulated curriculum and...
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Chomsky: The U.S. behaves nothing like a democracy

Chomsky: The U.S. behaves nothing like a democracy | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
The MIT professor lays out how the majority of U.S. policies are opposed to what wide swaths of the public want
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Global Warming Denial Is Science-Proof

Global Warming Denial Is Science-Proof | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Every time I see an opinion piece written by a global warming denier I think to myself, “Well, this’ll be painful, but at least it can’t get any worse than the one’s I’ve already read.” And then I read it.
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This article is about the value of science and the scientific process of approaching truth. Although it is not PROOF, it is still valuable. The author explains simply how this is true. Articles like these can prepare students for the conflictual messages they will be bombarded with as they surf the Internet or move among their various social groups. This article is useful for the science teacher looking to find articles that explore science in different ways. The article mentions Einstein and Newton, but also climate science. Other teachers might be able to use this same article to explore issues in ELA, social studies, but also to discuss math proofs (math is different from science in this way kind of exploration).

 

from the article: "If you want to be concise, science is all about testing hypotheses, checking to see if observations support (not prove, support) the idea, or disprove it. The reason behind this is pretty simple: You can have an idea that seems right, and is supported by some observations, but may eventually be shown wrong (or incomplete) by better tests. Ideas are tentative. Provisional." 

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