Sunday, November 20, 2011

The Evolution Debate

Gabriel is studying Biology this year. As part of his studies, he is pursuing one of his favorite subjects, evolution. He's not studying the theory of evolution, though. Instead, he's studying the raging debate surrounding evolution. Since this is an immensely interesting subject, I am studying it as well. I thought I might share a few of the resources that we've used so far, and our take on them at this time.

First, we started listening to The Teaching Company's Darwinian Revolution. First, the professor does a good job keeping the pace moving. Even Dominic-8, and Xavier-10, enjoyed the episodes they listened to. Granted, Dominic said we were going to bore him to death by listening to it, but he still managed to pipe up with questions every few minutes.

Within the first 15 minutes of listening, I learned something. The debate about evolution was around long before Darwin came on the scene. In fact, Charles Darwin's own grandfather had been part of that debate before Charles came along. This fact was interesting to me. Surely it would make sense to teach some of this to high school biology students. That would require teaching evolution, though. And, as the following video shows, many people don't want that. Some schools avoid the conflict by avoiding the subject. Others dance around the subject. Others just try to do an end run around the subject.




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