NCSE's Ann Reid on How to Teach Climate Change Effectively

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid contributed "Dry Facts, Debate, Despair: How Not to Teach Climate Change" to Education Week (September 23, 2019).

"Dry facts, debate, doom and gloom—teachers striving to teach climate change effectively despite the obstacles to doing so can be forgiven for considering all of the above," Reid acknowledged. But, she added, "there's a better way."

Reid proceeded to sketch how—as in NCSE's freely available climate change lessons—a teacher can guide students working in groups to evaluate different lines of evidence for climate change, discuss their conclusions, and reach a consensus.

"No pressure, teachers, but the future of the planet depends on you," Reid concluded. "You've got this—and we've got your backs."

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.

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