Dealing with Denial

Why do so many people reject the science of climate change or evolution, when both are supported by multiple lines of scientific evidence? Where does denial come from, and what’s the best way to counteract it?

Climate Change

Climate science should be taught like any other established scientific field, or any other topic included in state science standards. Encouraging students to debate the science sends a very mixed message, and one we do not recommend.

Teachers: we have recommendations for best practices and tips on addressing doubt and denial regarding climate change.

Community members: check out our information on how you can defend climate change education in your community.

Everyone: to better understand climate change denial, check out our pillars of climate change denial.

Evolution

Evolution denial takes many forms. There is no single form of creationism and its history is longer than many expect. As a result, students or parents may come in with arguments that teachers are not familiar with or prepared to answer.

Teachers: we have recommendations address for handling challenges in the classroom and common forms of anti-evolution activities to look out for, as well as cans and can’ts of teaching evolution.

Community members: check out our information on how you can support evolution education in your community.

Everyone: to better understand evolution denial, check out our pillars of creationism.

Want to know where science education is under attack right now? Check out Taking Action.