Recently, the Harbour Speaker Series continued its fall line-up with North Clay Middle School eighth-grade science teacher, Glen Gill.
Gill's lecture, "Teaching Critical Thinking -- A Look at Creation Science/ID in the Classroom" was given Monday.
"Gill looked at the process, the hurdles, and the approach to teaching a controversial topic while covering the Indiana Department of Education Standards and promoting an unbiased research process," sixth-grade North Clay Middle School, Language Arts teacher, Paul Harbour said.
Gill commented on how he encourages his students to choose one theory, Intelligent Design or Evolution, research that theory, become a mini-expert on the topic, and present a strong argument for their chosen theory.
He explained to the audience that most of the evidence and facts are used equally by both theories.
The topic of dinosaur remains that are found on the Himalayan Mountains was discussed. "He also covered the largely unknown fact that though humans and monkeys share 98.5 percentof the same DNA, the 1.5 percent of difference gives us over 250,000 different traits," Harbour said.
"He also touched on the fact that some of the missing links that were discovered actually turned out to be elaborate hoaxes."
The series, started by Harbour and Jennifer Mishler a seventh-grade English teacher at North Clay Middle School, is used as an in-service.
Teachers are required to complete a specific number of hours each year. The series provides teachers and other educators a chance to share their knowledge and passion for different topics.
"There were over twenty-five in attendance," Harbour said.
"The lecture was well received by everyone."
The Speaker Series will resume in January or February of 2009. Future speakers will be announced as they become available.