As a teacher, it's your job to impart knowledge to young minds.What do you do when those young minds actively swat away knowledge like it's an annoying fly? Not knowing is one thing, but denying is a whole other animal. With a rise in vocal deniers happening, teachers are starting to see more students who reject the lessons they're trying to teach. One reddit user asked:
First of all, the number of people who actually have experience with is is terrifying. Having said that, their answers were actually pretty impressive. Kudo
I teach an intro astronomy course at my university, and I'm pretty sure there's at least one denier every year.
I don't bother arguing, and that's all they're interested in: arguing. They don't actually want to learn. If they want to put down the wrong answer on their test, I'll just mark them incorrect and move on. If they continue to answer incorrectly, they'll fail the course. It's their money, and they're free to spend it on a course they'll purposely fail if that's what they really want to do.
I teach secondary science (11-18yo). I don't argue, I simply ask them questions. Or I put forward follow ons from what they've said. For example for students who are against evolution I ask them about MRSA and how do they think it's happened.
Telling someone they're wrong very rarely changes their views. Getting them to actively interrogate their own ideas is much more important.
To be honest it's the same for everyone. One of my favorite questions to ask students is to prove to me the Earth orbits the sun and not the other way around. Science has told them it's correct but few of them can give me coherent arguments as to how we know it's the case. Make them question things.
My wife teaches high school science. She teaches the evolution section without actually using the term until the very end. By that point it's so obvious that natural selection works and so forth that she gets no arguments and students are dumbstruck as to what the big deal is all about.
Starting with the word "evolution" causes some kids to shut down and resist learning.