Controversy in the Classroom

by Diane E. Hess
New York: Routledge, 2009. 197 pages.

Reviewer Andrew J. Petto writes, “Most of the book deals with controversies that do not have a direct bearing on creation/evolution issues. Furthermore, Hess is clear that there is a different dynamic for engaging concepts that are considered settled by the relevant disciplines but whose closed status is being challenged in public discourse. However, there is much for the natural sciences to learn here from experience in the social sciences classroom,” concluding, “Controversy in the Classroom is a valuable resource for anyone interested in promoting rational conversations about controversial issues in the classroom—and ultimately in society.”