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Books for teachers?

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Ago 1, 2007, 9:50am

I just got my teaching assignment for fall semester, and I'm going to be TA-ing honors evolution. While I'm obviously okay with the factual subject matter, I'm less sure of my ability to clearly and succinctly answer ID/creationism questions from students. I mean, I believe and can say "ID isn't science", but if it comes up, I'd like be able to talk about it with the students to make them *see* what the difference is and why one belongs in a science class and the other doesn't rather than just being hard-line-evolution-only-no-discussion. If that makes sense.

So... anyone have any book recommendations? I'm not looking for evolution primers/textbooks, but more for books that specifically address dealing with the evolution/ID debate in a classroom setting. I know books like this exist, I've heard people mention them before, but I didn't write the titles down and now that I need them I can't seem to find any good ones.


Ago 1, 2007, 4:13pm

I would suggest The Blind Watchmaker, by Richard Dawkins. It is the best one that I have read on the subject.

Dez 26, 2007, 1:23pm

This is a little late, but it can help you next term.

The Talk.Origins Archives has collected a list of creationist claims at ; it has been published as The counter-creationism handbook. Eugenie Scott is head of the NCSE, and has written Evolution vs. Creationism.

Also, here are some other recommendations from Pharyngula (under "for the anti-creationist):

Hope that helps.

Jan 8, 2010, 8:35pm

I would suggest Kenneth Brown's Darwin's God
and Eugenie Scott's book Evolution vs. Creationism and her 2006 book Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design Is Wrong for Our Schools.

Jan 25, 2010, 6:42pm

You can also just youtube Flock of Dodos if you need a movie one day.

Jan 25, 2010, 10:42pm

Well, this is an old topic, but for the record... Why Intelligent Design Fails edited by Matt Young & Taner Edis addresses specific sciency claims of ID without, as far as I can recall, getting into the religion-bashing business that all too often creeps in.

Jan 26, 2012, 12:07pm

Michael Shermer's "Why people believe wierd things" is a good read for students and explains why creationism, among other things, isn't science. Kenneth Miller's "Finding Darwin's God" is a good introduction to theistic evolution, which might open up students to the idea that you don't have to dispose of your religion fully just to believe evolution. I would stay away from most of Dawkins work; though he is a great author to read ("The Greatest Show..." is marvelous), he can be so anti-Christian that it might put-off some students.

Jan 26, 2012, 12:22pm