Category Archives: science

What About Teaching Evolution

Continuing my discussion of living science texts for kids: Regarding evolution- I think kids should be taught what other people believe and why- how in depth is possibly subject for debate, but I don’t think either side should be utterly ignorant about the other’s beliefs in as fair minded a way as we can manage. […]

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What we need in a science text

Science: “‘Scientific truths,’ said Descartes, ‘are battles won.’ Describe to the young the principal and most heroic of these battles; you will thus interest them in the results of science and you will develop in them a scientific spirit by means of the enthusiasm for the conquest of truth . . . How interesting Arithmetic […]

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Frog Dissection

I am the Mom who proudly and excitedly brought home a baby shark preserved in a jar, which I found for a dollar a thrift shop. So when I was at the local bookstore and spotted a deep row of these on the shelf behind the cashier, I had to have one: 132 pesos (Philippine […]

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Nudibranchs, Coral, Crochet and Math

Nudibranchs may not be able to do math, but perhaps they are performing math: For your somewhat advanced students with a healthy curiosity about and interest in topics like marine biology, especially nudibranchs and coral), geometry, holograms.. and crochet! “Living in tropical coral reefs are species of sea slugs known as nudibranchs, adorned with flanges […]

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History of Science, cont. Ben Franklin, part II

In 1747 Franklin made what is generally considered his chief contribution to science. One of his correspondents, Collinson (a Fellow of the Royal Society and a botanist interested in useful plants, through whom the vine was introduced into Virginia), had sent to the Library Company at Philadelphia one of the recently invented Leyden jars with […]

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