It is easy to look down on the people of the past for their misunderstanding of new evidence, but many apocryphal stories and outdated beliefs exist in modern society. Such as the belief that Christopher Columbus discovered that the world is round, camels carry water in their humps or eating an hour before swimming increases risk of cramping and drowning. Modern beliefs might also fit into our current scientific view of the universe, but later become outdated. It wasn’t until the 1950s that plate-tectonic theory started to become commonly accepted.
In traditional educational environments teachers give you the “truth.” In Sudbury schools students must examine the evidence and find what is best supported by the data. Which approach do you think will lead to people who are better able to consider new evidence?