Teaching Climate Change: Dealing with Doubt and Denial

Scientists overwhelmingly agree about the occurrence, causes, and consequences of climate change. But the public is not so sure. And science education is suffering as a result. Reviewing recent controversies over the place of climate science in state science standards and summarizing the results of a recent rigorous national survey of science teachers, Glenn Branch from the National Center for Science Education will explain how doubt and denial about climate change are affecting science education.

Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE. Formerly a graduate student in philosophy at UCLA, where he won prizes both for scholarship and teaching, he is conversant with the philosophical debates surrounding

Creationism and “Intelligent Design”; he is also a long-time student of pseudoscience. Branch is co-editor, with Eugenie C. Scott, of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for Our Schools, and the author or coauthor of numerous articles on climate education and evolution education, and obstacles to them, in such publications as Scientific American, The American Biology Teacher, and Annual Review of Genomics and Human Genetics.

***This lecture will be repeated in Anaheim at 4:30 p.m. at the Business Expo Center, 1960 S. Anaheim Way. Hosted by the CFI Community of Orange County.

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