Hello. I would like to ask a question to any and all teaching professionals on this website. It pertains to evolution in the classroom and is part of a bigger project.
How do you feel the current level of evolution education at the high school level effects science education at a college level? Do science professors find that they spend more time teaching students that which they should have learned in high school rather than moving on to deeper and more complex topics? Does the lack of evolutionary knowledge and the precedence of religion effect students' choices in majors or careers? And finally, do students arrive at college with an adequate level of critical thinking skills?
I'm not from the US but i would like to chime in.
Do students arrive at college with an adequate level of critical thinking skills?
No, absolutely no. In high school we are thought to repeat not to think; lazyness is pretty much rewarded and getting a good grade is more important than understanding the subject or even remember it by the next test.
How do you feel the current level of evolution education at the high school level effects science education at a college level?
Not even close. I saw american biology stem books and i would have prefer to learn on that than whatever i used. It was simple, understandable and it didn't dumb it out. I would like it to have more examples, whales, non-avian dinosaurs to avian dinosaurs, its uses in medicine and engineering or even daily life applications.
Do science professors find that they spend more time teaching students that which they should have learned in high school rather than moving on to deeper and more complex topics?
No, most teachers i found rather get over it as soon as possible, teach that they don't believe and that the only reason they teach it is because they have to teach it. The closest thing i got from actual evolution in school was theistic evolution.
Does the lack of evolutionary knowledge and the precedence of religion effect students' choices in majors or careers?
I doubt it, but i can give myself to thrust a doctor that doesn't believe in evolution. I don't want viruses and bacteria evolving inside of me and having my doctor refuse to change treatment because evolution isn't true., but that is just me being an asshole.
I held an adult education certificate and can add something of possible historical interest.
In the mid-1960s, while employed in a General Electric computer facility, I taught an evening course in scientific report writing in the junior college in Daytona Beach.
America, recovering from the shock of the Soviet Union's sending a man into space, had been moving scientific talent to the nearby Cape Canaveral (now Cape Kennedy). The state education department was adapting to the shock of having the kids of employees at the Cape who knew more math and science than their secondary school teachers.
The adaptation included strengthening the teaching of evolution, which had languished since the 1925 Scopes trial in Tennessee. The first adaptations consisted of moving college material into grades 10-12, and material from those grades into grades 7-9. Schools also offered courses for the parents of children who were studying "New Mathematics".
The efforts to improve education achieved some success. In the mid-1990s I had retired and was tutoring in a public high school in California's Napa County. It's wine country and more prosperous than many counties in the state.
I was tutoring kids who had not succeeded in the school's algebra classes, and the material included subjects (set theory and more) that I hadn't seen until I was in college.
My best wishes for success with your project.
I think it's actually the lack of teaching of logic that is the big problem. Once kids have the thinking skills, it won't really matter what bullshit is spouted by the teachers and textbooks. Most people who end up in a logic class at all do so on the college level.
Agreed... far too much emphasis is placed on memorisation and not enough on actual thought skills.