ST. LOUIS — Leaders from education, religion and science convened with 400 educators and others here Sunday for a frank look at the challenges educators face in teaching evolution and defending the integrity of science in their classrooms.
When evolutionary biologist Rebecca Price first started teaching at the University of Washington, Bothell, she quickly realized she had her work cut out for her. She found herself with a course load of five classes per year, and because her students were extremely diverse, she knew she had to find teaching strategies “that worked across generations and across cultures.”
Working within an interdisciplinary program, she “was inspired to be really creative,” she said. “I asked myself, ‘How can I get people to really enjoy learning about evolution?’”