Teaching Freethought: How to Create a Skeptical Kid
Posted by mattusmaximus on May 6, 2010
Okay, shameless plug time
On Sunday, May 16th, I will be speaking to the Center For Inquiry Chicago on the topic of freethought, skepticism, and education. Basically, I’ll be talking about my experiences as a science teacher & skeptic and how to promote critical thinking among high school & college students…
- Sunday, May 16th 1-4pm
- Location: Our usual place: Room 613 (behind elevators), University Center East building, 750 S. Halsted (UIC campus), Chicago
Teaching Freethought: How to Create a Skeptical Kid! – with Matt Lowry, high school teacher and skeptic at large
Matt spends a lot of his in-class time teaching the art of meaningful skepticism to high schoolers. He will give us some insight into his method of doing this! He will also share his view of the many challenges that both science teachers and their students face when confronted with religious objections to the pursuit of scientific objectives.
Today’s presentation will be a stimulating follow-on to our recent day-long conference, “Dangerous Nonsense: Exploring the Gulf Between Science and its Impostors!”
Matt Lowry is a familiar face to many CFIers in Chicago. He is a high school physics teacher in the north suburbs, a part-time physics and astronomy college professor, and emphasizes critical thinking among his students at every opportunity. When away from the classroom, he also serves as the president of the North Shore Illinois chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church & State, the leader of an online pro-science group titled Darwin’s Bulldogs, and the leader of the Vernon Hills Freethinkers meetup group.
A self-described skeptic, he believes in Carl Sagan’s adage that “extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence!” He blogs at: http://skepticalteacher.wordpress.com/
Please come to this most interesting AFTERNOON meeting! We provide the hot coffee, and we very much appreciate pastry and snack donations.
Non-CFI Members will be asked for a modest contribution.
Questions? Just call our (part time) office phone: 312-226-0420