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The "Dinochicken,"

Tyrannosaurus chickensis, emblematic of the evolution of birds from dinosaurs.

"Dread Pirate" Darwin, antidote to the dyspeptic, bearded, Victorian that adorns the walls of too many science classrooms.

Often the playful imagery of a whimsical children’s story resonates with the fossil record of fascinating Darwinian origins, whether of elephants, whales, or birds.  School science should exploit such whimsy in teaching science.

Whether labeled process, nature, or practice, each epoch of reform in science education has recycled the steps and language of "the" scientific method. This quest for a universal science, represented as national standards, may have silenced fundamental questions about what science to teach. 

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