There has been much debate as of late over science reporting. I read A LOT of science blogs and the topic has been making the rounds. One such excellent blog on this topic may be found at Adaptive Complexity by Michael White. As an educator I feel the inaccuracies of mainstream science reporters and the inherent bias of mainstream media outlets emphasizes the need to teach our students about finding diverse and multiple sources of information. It tags onto what I was attempting to write in the last post. We cannot and should not teach our students to use one stop sources for information because ‘its easier’. We should be providing our students with the time required to acquire, read and comprehend as many of the challenges of a topic as they can – with guidance. This includes diverse sources and opinions. We need to teach them to use critical thought, logic and the scientific method to write their own accurate presentations of this data. I will caveat this by stating that not all topics are age appropriate for this endeavor. Complex scenarios will be dumbed down, made inaccurate and encourage students to accept simplfied, and wrong, explanations. Keep it at their level. As an example, I don’t want my grade nine students, under the climate curriculum, to judge the nuances of global climate change. They don’t have the knowledge or ability at that stage of their learning.

There is also an interesting discussion of this science reporting topic over at slashdot. If you don’t know slashdot, check it out. You have people from all kinds of background putting in their two cents. I continually learn from the debates. Mayeb you will too.


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