Biology education vids that stick to biology … not too much to hope, after all?
|September 28, 2011||Posted by News under News, science education|
Recently, we noted that Dr. Khan, of the Khan Academy education vids, seems to fancy himself a theologian and – on that basis – attacks design in nature in one of them.
(Just in case your kid isn’t getting enough religion in Sunday school, Khan thoughtfully provides that too – but is it a religion you accept?)
This revelation left some parents scrambling for an alternative (lucky them if they have any say!) A friend points us to Interactive Biology (“Struggling with Biology? We’ll Make it Fun.”) for high schoolers.
Here’s the teacher behind it:
We all know that there are MANY people out there who don’t like biology. Ok, ok, there are even many out there who HATE it with a Passion. I know . . . it’s hard to believe – such a fascinating topic with so much valuable information and people actually don’t like it. Can you fancy that?
Here’s the thing – I have a theory. My theory is that most people who don’t like it, don’t like it because of the way it was taught to them – A bunch of $100 words …
Our friend comments,
Unlike Khan Academy, I couldn’t find any videos on Darwin or evolution…. just straight biology. What a concept: teaching biology without Darwin. Is that good or bad? (What? You mean no just-so stories?)
Let’s hope there are no just-so stories! It’s nice that we don’t currently have the least idea whether Dr. Samuel thinks, BioLogos-style, “God would have/wouldn’t have done it that way.”
If your kid wants religion at school, tell him to sign up in the Comparative Religion course or the World Philosophy course.
Biology is the study of what actually does or did happen, not what we think about God.
Question?: Why is theology the only discipline where just anybody at all can fancy himself a theologian, and never fear looking foolish?
Update: Dr. Samuel writes to say:
Howdy, Thanks for the writeup about my Biology Site. It’s interesting that you noted this because I intentionally stay away from the whole creation-evolution debate, for a number of reasons.
I’ve seen how that debate can get, and I know that you can have a quality biology site without going into that those topics.
p.s. The site mainly targets University level students, but also contains High School Biology resources.