Controversial Topics in Earth Science Courses

NESTA reports on a survey of teachers who were asked to report on the most and least controversial topics that they teach in their Earth Science classes. Controversy was defined as receiving pressure from students, parents, administrators, or the community.

The most controversial topics included: evolution, the age of the Earth/geologic time, climate change, solar system formation, and planetary formation.

The least controversial topics included: magnetism, electricity, the water cycle, the structure of the Sun, and ocean circulation.

The survey results are from a report in Science - http://science.sciencemag.org/content/333/6043/688.summary

See the NESTA August Newsletter for more information http://www.nestanet.org/cms/content/publications/enews/issue/2011/8

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