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This Is Why I Volunteer Teaching Human Origins

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I've been saying for years that many people don't understand Human Origins well because they've never been exposed to it, even those who have taken biology and other science courses in public schools. From a recent article in Atlantic Magazine:

"Here’s what I remember from biology class at my public high school in Texas: We learned everything there is to know about the Krebs cycle. We collected bugs in the heat and suffocated them in jars of nail-polish remover. We did not, to my recollection, learn much of anything about how the human species originated.

Most scientists believe that the beings that would become humans branched off from the common ancestor we share with chimpanzees, our closest living relatives, about 6 million years ago. We did not learn this part—the monkey part. That is, our shared ancestry with other primates. Because this was nearly 20 years ago, and memories tend to fade with time, I checked with several friends who went to the same high school at the same time. None of them recalled learning anything about human evolution, either."

Students aren't being taught much about Human Origins in school, and its not because they are being taught creationism or an alternative view, it just isn't included in the curriculum for many reasons. One of the biggest reasons is our understanding of our origins has changed so much in recent years and those who teach haven't kept up on it and don't have a solid updated resource to refer to even if they want to teach it. The Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History is probably the best online resource for teachers wanting to include Human Origins. They do have some good Lesson Plans for Grades 9 - 12 available. 

There's nothing like a hands on demonstration explaining the step-by-step evolution from ape to human though, especially when you have a great progression of skull replicas to work with. I try to tailor each presentation to the grade level and interest of the children who visit the museum and encourage them to not only touch the displays, but to ask questions too. For many, this may be the only real exposure to information about our evolution that they may get during their entire education.

 

 

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