Penn State University: http://www.ems.psu.edu/~fraser/BadScience.html
page is maintained by Alistair B. Fraser in an attempt to sensitize
teachers and students to examples of the bad science often taught in
schools, universities, and offered in popular articles and even textbooks.
This site accepts no requests for reciprocal links, even if those requests
come in the form of a supposed award. Editorial decisions will not b
by requests for such quid pro quo arrangements.
However, it will gladly link to other
sites which explore the same pedagogical isues of bad science.
Here, I explain what I mean by bad science and provide pointers to specialized
pages on bad science within various disciplines. In particular this
page points to Bad Meteorology , a page also maintained by Alistair
When I created this page, in January, 1995, I naïvely expected
that other frustrated teachers would rush to build sites devoted to,
say, Bad Archeology and Bad Biology. It has not happened. Apparently,
most teachers believe everything they teach. Sigh, one is reminded of
Lily Tomlin when she said , “No matter how cynical you become,
it's never enough to keep up.”
The Bad Science and Bad Meteorology pages have been cited by over 3000
other web pages, and in books, magazines, and on TV.
is Bad Science?
(at least within the context of this page)
Bad Science abounds and comes in many guises. This page sets out to
attack only one brand: well understood phenomena which are persistently
presented incorrectly by teachers and writers, presumably because they
either do not know any better or because they don't really care enough
to get it correct. By publicizing examples of bad science, I hope to
sensitize students, teachers and writers to the horrors of such glib
explanations or representations.
PLACES TO FIND OUT ABOUT BAD SCIENCE
SCIENCE MISCONCEPTIONS IN K-6 TEXTBOOKS William J. Beaty
books missing big picture, survey says" (July 5, 2000) CNN-FYI.com