Elementary Science

Teaching Touchy Concepts

How do I teach concepts such as climate change, evolution, etc. when families may have strong, differing opinions at home? 

Ally Roberts
Ally Roberts
210 Activity Points

Hello Ally, I think that you shouldn't be afraid to teach school content, because even us as teachers may not believe in those concepts but we still have to teach them. Yes there are delicate concepts like theories that need to be taught such as evolution and big bang theory etc. This is why it is good to mention that theories are tested but are not a 100 percent true, also it is important to remind your students that everyone has a different opinion which is okay, and that they have to respect each and everyone of them, and should be free to share what they think without disregarding any one else.

Paulina Garcia
Paulina Garcia
135 Activity Points

Great question, this can be very tricky. I would avoid all personal comments about religion and beliefs and focus on what needs to be taught. I would remind students that they have the right to an opinion, but they can discuss it later with their peers elswhere. 

Emily Solis
Emily Solis
240 Activity Points

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