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Dinosaurs in Public Schools
As I put the finishing touches on a curriculum guide for an
interdisciplinary elementary school dinosaur unit, it occurs to me that
it would be nice to put in an article about what paleontologists wish
kids would learn about dinosaurs in school.
Something like this was a thread in the dinosaur list some two years ago
or so, I think. I'm inviting responses again because 1) many more people
are now subscribing to this list, and 2) I'd like to categorize the
responses according to the profession/avocation of the respondee.
To keep the digest form of this list down to a manageable size, please
respond to my e-mail address rather than to the whole list. I will
collect the responses over the next week or so and compile a consensus
which I will post to this list when all the responses are in.
To summarize, I am looking for:
1. a list of things you wish kids in school would learn about
2. some identification of your background (i.e., professional
paleontologist; museum docent; dinosaur enthusiast; K-12 teacher;
professional astronomer; artist; high school student, etc.
I'm a public school media specialist and I wish kids would learn that
1. not all dinosaurs lived at the same time
2. T. rex is not the only meat-eating dinosaur with two claws,
short arms, and a huge head (I'm tired of them telling me that the
dinosaur on the cover of Patricia Lauber's _The News about Dinosaurs_ is
a T. rex)
3. that kids in high school biology would learn something about
-----------------end of example---------------------------------------------
Please feel free to include any of the the three suggestions in my example,
as I will tally how many responses I get for a particular aspect of dinosaur
information. (If you think kids should learn about cladistics even before
high school, please give an indication of at what grade level you think
it would be appropriate to introduce this or any other concept.)
----- Amado Narvaez