Climate Change Denial Curriculum Moving into Public School Science Classrooms

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Climate Change Denial Curriculum Moving into Public School Science Classrooms

Climate change denial curriculum is moving into public school science classrooms according to the LA Times, and a new flash point has emerged in American science education that surmounts the battle over evolution, as scientists and educators are reporting growing resistance to the study of man-made climate change in middle and high school classrooms.

Scientific evidence now overwhelmingly supports that our fossil fuel consumption has caused the climate to change rapidly, the climate change issue has grown so politicized and polarized that skepticism of the broad scientific consensus has seeped into our public school classrooms. Big energies climate change skepticism propaganda project is paying off in a big way so it seems.

Climate Change Denial Curriculum Moving in Science Classrooms

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greenhouse effect

In the latest news, Texas Mandates Climate Denial in School, and Louisiana Pushes Science Teachers to Deny Ecolution and Climate Change. These two states have introduced education standards that require educators to teach climate change denial as a valid scientific position. South Dakota and Utah passed resolutions denying climate change. Tennessee and Oklahoma also have introduced new legislation to give climate change skeptics a place in the classroom. The Tea PArty and GOP led assault on climate change science is in full swing and gaining momentum as these dangerous lunatics will stop at nothing to push us to the brink of a disaster of biblical proportions when it comes to the consequences of rapid climate change.

Just recently in May of 2011, a school board in Los Alamitos, Calif., passed a measure, which luckily was later rescinded, identifying climate science as a controversial topic that required special instructional oversight.

Frank Niepold, climate education coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, who meets with hundreds of teachers annually stated: “Any time we have a meeting of 100 teachers, if you ask whether they’re running into pushback on teaching climate change, 50 will raise their hands. We ask questions about how sizable it is, and they tell us it is [sizable] and pretty persistent, from many places: your administration, parents, students, even your own family.”

Against this backdrop, the National Center for Science Education, an Oakland-based watchdog group that supports the teaching of evolution through advocacy and educational materials, announced the following on Monday, January 16th, 2012:

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denial skepticism taught

NCSE is proud to announce the launch of its new initiative aimed at defending the teaching of climate change. Like evolution, climate change is accepted by the scientific community but controversial among the public. As a result, educators trying to teach climate change, like their counterparts trying to teach evolution, are often likewise pressured to compromise the scientific and pedagogical integrity of their instruction.

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents and concerned citizens working to keep evolution and climate science in public school science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific and educational aspects of controversies surrounding the teaching of evolution and climate change, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels. Our 4500 members are scientists, teachers, clergy, and citizens with diverse religious and political affiliations.

The controversy around “climate change education is where evolution was 20 years ago,” said Eugenie Scott, executive director of NCSE.

At that time, evolution — the long-tested scientific theory that varieties of life forms emerged through biological processes like natural selection and mutation — was patchily taught. Teaching standards have been developed since then, but it’s unclear how widely evolution is taught, given teachers’ fear of controversy.

Studies show that teachers often set aside evolution for fear of a backlash. Scott worries this could happen with climate science too.

“The question is self-censorship and intimidation. What you have to watch for is the ‘hecklers’ veto,’ ” she said. “If a teacher ignores a particular topic, it will likely go unnoticed.”

Climate change skeptics like James Taylor, environmental policy fellow at the Heartland Institute, a conservative think tank, said the push-back in schools and legislatures reflected public frustration at being told “only one side of the global warming debate, the scientifically controversial theory that humans are creating a global warming crisis. It is therefore not surprising that state legislatures are stepping in to ensure that taxpayer dollars are not spent in a manner that turns an important and ongoing scientific debate into a propaganda assault on impressionable students.”

But fortunately for us and for you my friends, we know what the Heartland Institute is all about, and it is not based on science, but on the Koch Brothers ideology and propaganda machine, in an effort to bring more profits into the some of the worst polluters on the planet’s pockets. They are leading campaigns across the nation to ramp up climate change skepticism, and it has become a political no-no for anyone from the right wing to support climate change science anymore in environmental politics.

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climate change effects

Climatologists say man-made climate change is not scientifically controversial and is overwhelmingly supported in the scientific community, except, of course by those whom are being paid to create skepticism. In light of this charge, however, a climate change skeptic paid for by the Koch Brothers themselves to create even more skepticism came to the conclusion that man made global warming is real, so stick that in your gas tanks and smoke it Koch Brothers!

Instruction on climate change is typically introduced in middle school earth science classes and in recently popular high school environmental science courses, often as electives. In 2007, science teachers said their greatest challenge was making climate change fit in with their curriculum, according to a survey by the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a joint project of NOAA and the University of Colorado at Boulder. By 2011, the biggest concern wasn’t the curriculum but the controversy, said Susan Buhr, director of the education outreach arm for the institute.

Resistance to the scientific consensus breaks down mostly along regional lines, Buhr said, with greater push-back in the South and in regions where “livelihoods have been built on extractive industries” of fossil fuels.

Attacks on evolution come largely from conservative Christians who believe in a literal reading of the biblical creation story. Climate change denial is mostly rooted in political ideology, with foes decrying it as liberal dogma, teachers say. The NCSE’s Scott said that made it much harder to use the courts to protect climate science education.

New national science standards for grades K-12 are due in December. The standards — based on a framework by the National Academy of Sciences and developed by a partnership of private industry and state governments are expected to include climate change. But some science educators predict that could heat up local and state resistance in some areas. According to Niepold whom is familiar with the NCSE intiative: “You could see more states or localities challenging the topic. Given the polarized nature of how people take this issue, having a community organization that looks at the issue could be valuable.”

Resources:

Los Angeles Times

Sign the petition to Tell Louisiana to teach real science in public schools, not creationism and climate change denial

While climate change science is becoming more widely accepted, our children are owed the right to learn the truth and not be taught BS (Bad Science) in public schools curriculum as part of some propaganda campaign by the likes of the Koch Brothers and other Big Oil and Big Coal companies! Let us not allow the climate change denial curriculum moving into public school science classrooms.

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