Meadows to help Smithsonian contain controversy on evolution exhibit

lee meadowsChanging how American teachers approach the teaching of evolution is a long conversation, and it's one that Lee Meadows, Ph.D., says can easily become a shouting match.

Meadows, professor of curriculum and instruction in UAB's School of Education, guides science teachers on ways to teach evolution in his book, “The Missing Link,” which shares ideas on approaching the topic that may avoid hurt feelings, misunderstandings and engage all learners.

Now Meadows will apply those theories to a much larger audience as a member of a committee the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History has assembled to offer support and advice regarding its exhibit on the science of human origins, "What Does it Mean to Be Human?"

The Broader Social Impacts Committee, comprising members from diverse religious communities, will help the Smithsonian as it assembles the Hall of Human Origins — a collection of early human fossils. The group will work to ensure the museum engages the public in positive, open conversation about the evolution of man, a topic that is often controversial.

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