Skip to comments.They made my son's 5th grade science class watch "An Inconvenient Truth Today"
Posted on 03/22/2007 9:48:42 PM PDT by CaptainMorgantown
I've been a member for awhile but this is the first time I've ever started a thread. This is a vanity, so one of the mods can move it if I've put it in the wrong classification.
My son is a student a Cheat Lake Middle School in Morgantown, West Virginia. For the last several weeks, he has come home saying that his teacher frequently takes time out of class to discuss his personal views on global warming. Today, he said they took two hours out of class to watch Al Gore's pseudoscience documentary "An Inconvenient Truth". I was absolutely stunned.
I have heard of several controversies where they've shown in in public high schools, but I cannot believe that they would show this to 5th graders. There wasn't even a word of advance notice to parents.
I've tried to contact the school's Principal and the the local newspaper. I'm at a loss as to how proceed from here to draw some attention and outrage, and would welcome advice from fellow freepers.
This little video may help you understand why your kids need to be OUT of the government indoctrination center.
My son is a high school sophomore. I hit the roof a couple weeks ago when I learned his "science" teacher showed the film. I haven't calmed down enough yet to go talk to him.
I would ask the school officials to at least have the kids watch a show on the opposing point of view.
Call the School Board in the morning.
The flagrant exhibition of communist rule is beginning to show it's ugly head. America has been under siege for many many years. The colleges have already been totally taken over.
Again, call the School Board
I thought they strictly enforced the separation of church and state in government schools....
Separation of school and state BUMP!
Demand that the kids be also shown the following video that presents the other side of the story, and make a big stink about it...
Find other parents that are equally disgusted and form a united front and confront the principal and teacher. Make a scene so that the press has to cover it.
The time has come to take the fight to these bullies!!!
You should politely but firmly demand they be shown the rebuttal film.
The Great Global Warming Swindle
Threaten to withdraw your son from the school if they don't do something about the teacher; potentially losing money is probably the only thing that will get their attention.
Sue the bastards!
This is criminal.....it will scare the kids.
-use the "s" word in school and pay the price. -you WILL be labeled....not worth it, just pull your child and homeschool.
There is a low-resolution version linked at Little Green Footballs, here:
There are higher resolution versions available as torrent downloads on the Internet. There might be copyright problems with using this material -- I'm not sure.
I think the global warming hysteria is roughly analogous to the A-bomb "hysteria" ( as it's known ) of the fifties and sixties. I remember seeing news footage on TV, at the age of 10 or so, of a congressman talking about "the end of the world". At this age, one need only hear the words, and that's it. As I recall, my dad was nearby at the time, and I freely vocalized, "What! The end of the world!" My dad pooh-poohed the idea. "Oh, that's a bunch of nonsense!" - or something along those lines. This was immensely reassuring to me, although I still had my doubts. Why was he saying this stuff, even if it was nonsense? It was on the news!
Well, my advice is to not underrate your own influence as a parent, and hence not to overreact to these other influences ( i.e. Al Gore ) If you were to take actions such as withdrawing your son from various activities, or any kind of thing which singled him out at school, this would be intensely disturbing to him, and throw him into a whole new realm of confusion. I think it's best to be calmly reassuring, and, as I say, do not underestimate the power of such reassurances issuing from your own self, the one and only DAD. ( Or MOM, in case I presume too much! )
That film is only appropriate for a mythology class.
There is an opposing film now out, done by some Brits. I believe I would argue that it has to be shown now as well.
Yeah, I was going to suggest that, but I figured that it wouldn't be very helpful to him.
The school owns your children. Your minor daughter can be encouraged to have an abortion without your ever knowing she became pregnant. Welcome to modern life. Good luck. If you want to burn the school to the ground, I'll be happy to send matches. Other than that, I would recommend you put your children in Private School where parents still have some control over the process. Good luck.
De-program YOUR son, everyday.
Yes, the option to still pay thousands in property taxes and spend $20,000 more for private school is an option for all of us. Union teachers rolling on ground laughing out loud at this idea.
I speak from experience. LOL, NOW it's funny. My daughter's doc warned them she has exercised induced asthma and sent very detailed instructions in writing that they could not FORCE her to perform in gym class........needless to say the gym teacher labeled her and one day DID force her......she had quite an episode of an asthma attack....I was called and raced to the school to find the gym teacher stunned and rambling that she was so sorry she FORCED her to run.....of course I had used the "s" word in warning them that this would happen.....they pulled the gym teacher and admonished her for even speaking to me. The nurse and I figured that she learned a very valuable lesson in attitude ajustment.
After all, they had it in writing from her doctor NOT TO DO THAT! I counted my lucky stars that day that she came out of it, but I called her doc and requested a stiffer warning. Her doc said it was equivalent to child abuse to force her to run.
Have any of you seen Gore's film? I have not and do not intend to, but my ex showed it to my teenage son and my son said it was HILARIOUS as a piece of fiction. I thought it would be some showpiece with Gore's face in nearly every frame, him holding up a pointer to distorted data on a screen behind him, and images of polar bears struggling in the water. My son says there is a plot and story to the film and it sounded like it was one of those cheapo natural disaster films, with giant tidal waves and a family struggling in the frozen city, etc. Oy vey.
Good advice, JG. Arm your son with the truth and he will be prepared for life.
I'd get your son to watch the great global warming swindle video everyone is linking, ASAP. Then tell your son to get all his friends to watch it too. Then get all your friends to watch it.
I saw it on a 12 hour flight to Germany, what can I say, I was bored.
It was like watching a Freshman lecture hall presentation, but w/o the opportunity to scope out the room for potential, IYKWIM.
I was not aware that " the Great Global Warming Swindle " was out on video or DVD. I have watched it on the net but really need to get a copy for my mother who has fallen for the entire Al Gore BS.
Where did you find your copy?
Your snarky comment not withstanding, do you have any idea how much money is being lost due to homeschooling?
That is the battle your Union friends are really up against, not the high cost private schools.
Snark. See my post 26. I gave sensible advice to his question. I happen to think it's a realistic way to live in this world.
This is what I did with my daughter when she was in high school. She is out of college now but we still laugh about many of the twisted views espoused by some of her far left teachers. If one of her teachers had been right the oceans should be boiling right now.
Rest assured, none of my grandchildren will be attending public schools.
Fight fear with the facts:
it's jarring that the movie was not scrubbed for factual precision. For instance, this 2005 joint statement by the science academies of the Western nations, including the National Academy of Sciences, warns of sea-level rise of four to 35 inches in the 21st century; this amount of possible sea-level rise is current consensus science.
Yet An Inconvenient Truth asserts that a sea-level rise of 20 feet is a realistic short-term prospect. Gore says the entire Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets could melt rapidly; the film then jumps to animation of Manhattan flooded. Well, all that ice might melt really fast, and a UFO might land in London, too."
Twelve hours long Al Bore video? I'd be bored too. ;-)
If the teacher is TRULY concerned with education, NOT indoctrination, he should allow this. If he doesn't, then go to the Principal with your 'concern' that the teacher is not allowing the kids to see all sides of the issue. Throw some 'educationese' around, like saying that the teachers is not giving them the information that would allow them to learn to think critically about the subject.
This movie is being shown all over the country in schools, churches, and now on cable T.V. as well. All parents who are forced to watch this movie with their children or else their children will get lower grades should sue big time!
I have seen the film. It is really a poor made film and it shouldn't have won an Oscar.
I think there are a lot of people who get too worked up about this movie. Knowledge is power, and knowing what the movie is talking about gives us as parents insight that we can offer our children.
I believe their is a warming of our planet, but I believe it is from the sun. I also believe that this warming is natural and we can't do anything about it except to adapt.
As for pollution, regardless of whether it causes global warming, we should make efforts to reduce air pollution anyways. I live in the Inland Empire in southern Cal. and I see the crappy air all the time.
This is just like the 1960`s-`70`s (late `60`s early `70`s) when I was in elementary school, my hippie liberal teachers back then kept pushing "pollution" down our throats...To this day I remember it clear as day, making us draw posters for everything that was being polluted, "air, water, earth pollution".."In 20 years the air will be so polluted we won`t be able to breathe!" Well gee whiz, 40 years later and I`m still waiting to see someone suffocate.
Now they drop pollution for "global warming"... I guess everyone suffocation from pollution didn`t exactly work out, so now let`s try for everyone burning up from global warming. Maybe 40 years from now they`ll try "global icing" or "oxegen poisoning"..
What I want to know is when are we going to have "liberal depletion"?
Air Pollution Facts
During the past 29 years, air pollution in the United States has dramatically decreased as a result of the combined efforts of government, industry and individuals. Yet, research indicates that the public is largely unaware of this progress and believes that air pollution continues to increase and the air quality is deteriorating. The Foundation aims to educate the public about the great strides that have been made as well as the steps individuals and organizations can take to contribute to continued progress.
Hey look, Google has the entire movie here: