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  Session: Post-deadline Abstracts II
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Christian Fundamentalists in the Physics Classroom
  Meeting: 2017 Summer Meeting: Cincinnati, Ohio
  Location: N/A
  Time: 4:00PM
  Author: Sean M. Cordry,, Walters State Community College,
4232581307, smcordry@ws.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: An NSF survey revealed that 24 percent of Americans believe the Sun goes around Earth. That percentage may increase due to the rise of the religious home-schooling movement, in which between 49 to 85 percent consider themselves to be “born again” Christians. Curricula for home-schoolers is dominated by a fundamentalist slant, with statements of faith espousing belief in special six-day creation, websites claiming "The ONLY Common Core we ascribe to is God’s Word,” and curricula series titles such as “Sonlight.” As the number of religiously conservative students increases in our classrooms, it is important to know how to address them and their needs. In this talk, I will share experiences and practical insights to help navigate difficult waters. Topics discussed will include characteristics of the fundamentalist Science vs. Scripture paradigm, understanding the background of these students, how Creationism undermines critical thinking, and pitfalls to avoid.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: ChristianFundamentalistsinthePhysicsClassroom.pdf

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