Teaching Freethought: How to Create a Skeptical Kid! - with Matt Lowry, high school teacher

Sunday, May 16th 2010 at 12:59 pm
Sunday, May 16th 2010 at 3:29 pm
Our usual place: Room 613 (behind elevators), University Center East building, 750 S. Halsted (UIC campus), Chicago

The Center For Inquiry/Chicago is pleased to present :

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.

The CFI/Chicago is uniquely positioned to help you live a secular, inquiring, joyful life in Chicago.  Join us, won't you?  It's only $60 per year, and joining helps demonstrate your commitment to our shared values!