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Fross



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 14 2007,09:19   

I have a couple of kids and my four year old was watching Between the Lions and they had an entire episode devoted to explaining how birds are probably descended from dinosaurs.  I'm just not used to seeing child educational programs go beyond a few common educational themes that typically don't involve evolution.

Have any of you had similar sightings of evolution in kids programming?

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 14 2007,19:09   

Quote (Fross @ Mar. 14 2007,08:19)
I have a couple of kids and my four year old was watching Between the Lions and they had an entire episode devoted to explaining how birds are probably descended from dinosaurs.  I'm just not used to seeing child educational programs go beyond a few common educational themes that typically don't involve evolution.

Have any of you had similar sightings of evolution in kids programming?

You should watch every Nova show with your kids.

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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 15 2007,11:16   

Educators who come through our offices looking for ways to expose kids to science often ask us about programs that graphically display our regional ecology and invariably the question turns to the evolution of the local fauna. I think simple fascination motivates them. The story of Dinosaurs -> birds is just inherently interesting. The lesson that I think is most important is the lesson that niches and novel ways to exploit them drive ecosystems. Evolution represents the long term or slow motion camera of that concept in action.

Trying to get kids to see that all the variables play an important role in the outcome of a system or an equation alerts them to the complexity of the system. Makes for good education and interesting tv.

Now, on-topic:
Um... No. I haven't noticed.

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