Should Race Be Taught in High School Biology?
BY Michael Schulson
Most current American biology textbooks and curricula don’t discuss race at all — nor do they grapple with the biology of sexual orientation or gender, for that matter. To some, these omissions seem appropriate. But to a growing number of academics, they represent glaring intellectual lacunae — a sort of sanitized approach to biology that ignores the political and cultural veins that have historically run through it. At stake is not just the question of how to teach human biology, but about what science classes are for, and how much teachers should talk about the social dimensions of scientific ideas. Read on »