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  •  Absolutely wonderful! (5+ / 0-)

    And I bet that you can have a lot of fun teaching evolutionary biology to that age group!  It is well to prime student's for discovery that may be ahead of them.

    I was also lucky.  At the time that Eldredge and Gould published on Punctuated Equlibrium I was collecting fossils in the Silica Shale of Sylvania Ohio and learning about the different shale groups (as a hobby).  Going back to speciate the trilobites I was finding in the groups I could follow their arguments by direct observation.  It was astounded to see how they interpreted the fossil record and so learned that science is not static.

    Learning concepts like evolution should certainly be a celebration of our curiosity and intellect.

    •  Sounds like a fun activity! I think the new (2+ / 0-)
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      hwy70scientist, RiveroftheWest

      standards are to help.

      Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

      by bkamr on Mon Feb 10, 2014 at 08:03:19 PM PST

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    •  If more kids were exposed to the geologic record (5+ / 0-)

      the less creationism would make sense to them. I'm sorry, I just can't call it "Intelligent Design" because that  is just creationism in fancy dress, so I refuse to "get with the program."  Better to call a spade a spade. But, I digress.

      High school biology did very little to persuade me to choose evolution over creationism as the mechanism for the development of life on earth. Sure, we dissected frogs and studied pictures, but it was my freshman/sophomore field geology classes that brought it all home to me. These had field trips every week as labs, where we were exposed to the different Paleozoic fauna of the Valley and Ridge of the Appalachians of Virginia. Once one has dug trilobites and crinoids, and one realizes these look like nothing commonly alive today, it's had to take creationism seriously again.


      •  Nice (3+ / 0-)
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        radarlady, bartcopfan, RiveroftheWest

        My introduction to deep time was having the opportunity to collect on the great Devonian reefs and shallow bays exposed around Thedford and Arkona Ontario.

        Too few children are exposed to adventures like you had.  And now, between the commercial collectors and fears of liability that keep people out of quarries and other collecting areas, there are fewer and fewer opportunities.

        So, I wonder what we are doing?  Driving children from an enjoyment of the outdoors into pavlovian computer gaming?

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