Back to campus! Today I begin my 17th year of university teaching.
I’ve taught biology majors and non-majors, and I begin every first day of every semester the same way:
What is science?
We talk about what science is and is not. We talk about peer review. We talk about experimental design.
In the past, my examples were generic. Now, not so much.
The past two years of Covidness revealed a gaping hole in science education. At first, I was surprised, and then disappointed, and now, I’m worried.
Much of the angst and misinformation surrounding All Things Covid finds its root in a misunderstanding of how science works.
I especially love teaching non-science majors. While non-majors are unlikely to be our research scientists, they will be our teachers, politicians, policy makers, pastors, school board members, and voters.
Our neighbors. Our community.
You couldn’t have been teaching for 17 years, you are not that old. Did you start when you were nine?