NCSE's nature of science lesson plans — currently undergoing field testing — were the topic of a recent story in The Hechinger Report, "a national nonprofit newsroom that reports on one topic: education."
"The nonprofit, which works from the local level to the national level to make sure students across the U.S. have an accurate science education, has been guiding teachers on how to handle politically fraught issues like evolution and climate change for years," the story observed. "Questions about masking, sending kids to school, new variants, CDC policy changes and conspiracy theories prompted the NCSE to develop a new set of lessons, called the 'nature of science,' to tackle the most common misconceptions about science and how science works." While addressing broad issues in the nature of science, these lesson plans focus on topical examples in public health, epidemiology, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
NCSE's Executive Director Ann Reid commented, "eventually we'll be working in school districts with all of the science teachers so that we can start to really get in front of those teachers who might think that they just can't teach these topics."