How has teaching evolution in your classroom changed in the five years since Kitzmiller v. Dover?
Since Kitzmiller v. Dover I’ve definitely changed how I teach. The biggest thing is probably that evolution used to be the last thing we got to in the semester. Sometimes we maybe had one week or two weeks to cover it. Now I put evolution first, and I refer back to it to show how important it is to all topics of biology.
The other thing that I really think has changed is how I cover evolution. I'm no longer afraid to cover it in depth and to have in-depth conversations about evolution. I make sure I hit [the concept of] what is science and what is not, and how a scientific theory is very different from a "theory" that we use in everyday conversation.
A lot of teachers are wary of teaching evolution because of the controversy, and I was in that group—I didn't know if I could cover it, what I could say or couldn’t say. Now I do cover intelligent design, why it is not science, and why it should not be taught in a science classroom.
So intelligent design is not science and evolution is science. Continuing:
What are some common mistakes that teachers make in teaching evolution?
How do you see teaching evolution in schools changing in the next five years?
I wish that there were a lot more seminars so that people had more background in it. Maybe as we train new biology teachers—make sure that we give them what they really need to know—new teachers can arm themselves with the evidence that's out there. There is tons and tons of evidence for evolution, and it keeps piling up. As a teacher it’s hard to stay on top of that.
Tons and tons of evidence for evolution? That is certainly a happy coincidence.
What if the imposter had the “tons and tons of evidence”? And what if it was the “scientific” theory that was contradicted by the evidence? It’s a scary thought to be sure, but fortunately creationism is not only bogus science, it is also false. We all know the universe arose all by itself.
Fortunately we have public school teachers like Miller, backed by the wisdom of Judge Jones, to enlighten our children about these modern truths.