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Al Gore documentary inconveniences high schools
The Prowler | March 2007 | Cait Gossert

Posted on 05/22/2007 6:38:15 AM PDT by Nextrush

This generation is one that thrives on media publicity, and right now global warming is in the spotlight. From melting icecaps to rising temperatures and sea levels, global warming seems to be the hot topic.

With the help of Al Gore's Academy Award-winning film, "An Inconvenient Truth," the issue of global warming has been projected from television screens worldwide, including those at Central York High School.

Both Gregory Wimmer and Eric Webb, teachers of global studies and environmental sciences at Central, have used Gore's film as a teaching tool.

"In a social studies classroom, "An Inconvenient Truth" allows for an open debate on environmental issues," Wimmer said. Discussions of the film led two of Wimmer's global studies classes to create projects to spread awareness of the effects of global warming and climate change.

However, with the increased publicity in high school classrooms, "An Inconvenient Truth" has caused tension on a political and educational scale. Federal Way School District in Washington banned Gore's film from schools for its "biased" material.

Frosty Hardison, parent of seven, called Al Gore a "propagandist" and protested the showing of the film in his children's classrooms. The district removed the ban with a new policy intact: teachers showing the film must request administrative approval and provide the opposing view in their lesson.

Webb said. "Obviously Gore has an agenda; he's a politician. He used the science data to say what he wanted it to say. But that's why this film got the press it did."

"Everything in the media that is produced by humans is biased," said Jay Butterfield, principal of Central York High School.

Butterfield said he supports teachers having open discourse about the issue. While he felt the film is "definitely" beneficial to high school students, he said, "The problem with showing an entire film is that it eats up valuable instruction time. Its better to find key moments to discuss the topic."

While the video provokes some skepticism, the message on global warming rings loud and clear. "There is a reason why its called "An Inconvenient Truth." said Webb. "If what Gore says is true....you feel very uncomfortable by the end of the film."

Webb hopes that Gore's documentary will make students think about how their lives and lifestyles impact the planet. He said "We all need to be better stewards of the planet. Maybe this movie will help make students more aware of that."

Butterfield commented, "Young people can make changes that affect the world in a positive way.'

However, Webb noted that while the film is making students more aware of the causes and effects of global warming, there is still the same number of cars in the school parking lot each morning.

"We are a nation that wants things to be convenient for us," said Webb. "(Carpooling) is simply inconvenient."

While Webb believes that fuel prices will have a greater impact on government policy than Gore's film, he remains confident. "If the general public demands change in environmental policy, it will happen," he said.

Butterfield notes that people have endured decades of crises such as whales washing on shore and rainforests depleting without significant change in action to stop global warming. Whether or not "An Inconvenient Truth" will be the neccessary motivation this generation needs to make a change, he said. "I don't know if it's enough."

The media industry promotes ideas around the globe. Rachel Carson fueled the Environmental Movement of the 60's and 70's. The publicity of her idea created the Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Webb pointed out that the media has changed environmental policies before. "Rachel Carson's 1962 book, "Silent Spring," started the ball rolling in making the public aware of the problem of pesticide use in America. Maybe this movie could have the same impact."


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This is a high school newspaper in my area (Central York High School) reporting on the global warming indoctrination going on inside the building.

I understand this school linked to a page on its website and had a big banner in the cafeteria. The big banner showed people looking like refugees to illustrate what "climate change" would mean.

And from what I know, some students got the message of fear loud and clear. The left scares them today with global warming like they did with nuclear war in th 1960's.

I just don't remember all those "open discussions" in high schools when "The Silent Scream" came out in the 1980's, do you?

1 posted on 05/22/2007 6:38:17 AM PDT by Nextrush
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To: Nextrush

The sad thing is when these kids are older and see how the Wise Environmentalist Al Gore is full of sh*t it will be hard to convince them that some environmental measures are truly good for...the environment.


2 posted on 05/22/2007 6:41:35 AM PDT by P-40 (Al Qaeda was working in Iraq. They were just undocumented.)
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To: Nextrush

It’s even being shown in “Gym Class”, that’s how far the libs will go to shove their crap down our children’s throats. Make sure that “No child gets left behind”..........


3 posted on 05/22/2007 6:41:39 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: Nextrush

Do you have a link?


4 posted on 05/22/2007 6:41:43 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Sidebar Moderator

Sorry, no link for this high school newspaper.

Its in print but not online.


6 posted on 05/22/2007 6:43:48 AM PDT by Nextrush ( Chris Matthews Band: "I get high....I get high.....I get high.....McCain......")
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To: Nextrush

Maybe they should re-title Al’s movie “An Inconvenient Graduation Requirement”


7 posted on 05/22/2007 6:44:17 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: Nextrush
"If what Gore says is true....you feel very uncomfortable by the end of the film."

Let's just ignore that inconvenient 'if' and present the whole thing as fact.

8 posted on 05/22/2007 6:46:02 AM PDT by Bob Buchholz
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To: Nextrush

Goebbles Ghost!


9 posted on 05/22/2007 6:46:48 AM PDT by Don Corleone (Leave the gun..take the cannoli)
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To: Nextrush

Ok, just checking. Copyright rules and all that.


10 posted on 05/22/2007 6:51:58 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator
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To: Nextrush
The media industry promotes ideas around the globe. Rachel Carson fueled the Environmental Movement of the 60's and 70's. The publicity of her idea created the Environmental Protection Agency, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act.

Webb pointed out that the media has changed environmental policies before. "Rachel Carson's 1962 book, "Silent Spring," started the ball rolling in making the public aware of the problem of pesticide use in America. Maybe this movie could have the same impact."

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- All based on a lie. A lie that has killed more than 25 million due to a resurgance of mosquito born malaria.

But hey! We all feel better.

How many more will global warming and Algore kill?

11 posted on 05/22/2007 6:52:40 AM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution ? 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Nextrush
Rachel Carson fueled the Environmental Movement of the 60's and 70's.

With lies.

12 posted on 05/22/2007 6:53:17 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Enoch Powell was right.)
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To: Nextrush
Al Gore's Academy Award-winning film...

Should read Honorary Academy Award. Just like an Honorary Doctorate, it was not earned it was bestowed for political reasons.

13 posted on 05/22/2007 6:55:20 AM PDT by WesternPacific
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To: Nextrush

Gore’s movie will be about as relevant as “duck and cover” in the future.


14 posted on 05/22/2007 6:59:15 AM PDT by D-Chivas
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To: Nextrush

I think we should definitely ban books, speakers, films, magazines, and viewpoints we don’t like from schools.

Oh wait, that’s what liberals do.


15 posted on 05/22/2007 7:00:15 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: gracesdad

You’re ready for Michael Crichton to speak about global warming as a “false religion” in public schools?

What about scientists who don’t follow the “climate change” mantra? Are they allowed to be heard above all the freight train noise coming from the Gore film?

Well.....


16 posted on 05/22/2007 7:18:06 AM PDT by Nextrush ( Chris Matthews Band: "I get high....I get high.....I get high.....McCain......")
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To: Nextrush

A documentary is supposed to be based on fact, not fantasy.


17 posted on 05/22/2007 7:18:26 AM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: Nextrush

I thought that religion was banned from schools. Isn’t this a violation of “the separation of church and state”? If this keeps up, our kids will be praying to ALGORE before long.


18 posted on 05/22/2007 7:20:08 AM PDT by anoldafvet (Calculating the average global temp. is like the average telephone number; both are meaningless)
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To: Nextrush

It’s impossible to present both sides of the case when the only classroom material you have to work with is Gore’s extremist bias and lies, and when more than 95% of the teachers who show it believe in gorebal warming themselves.


19 posted on 05/22/2007 7:25:00 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Nextrush

http://laotze.blogspot.com/2007/05/al-gores-global-assault-on-dignity-last.html


20 posted on 05/22/2007 7:26:02 AM PDT by expatguy (http://laotze.blogspot.com/)
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To: gracesdad

I wouldn’t mind if it were there, simply included as one unproven point of view about an important topic, balanced with opposing views from some skeptics that can make a good case, and followed with class discussion free of emotional blackmail. In that way, the kids could form a rational opinion on the subject, as well as get some practice evaluating people pushing an agenda. But liberals are incapable of teaching that way, so they can’t be trusted to use this movie as a teaching tool. Make sense?


21 posted on 05/22/2007 7:26:39 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: Red Badger

I was searching for a social studies job and would have enjoyed NOT showing this film (I am for debate, but only when both sides are from an intellectual position).

Unfortunately, I will be teaching journalism instead. Well...I love the subject and know it will be fun to teach. But, I will miss not teaching social studies at the same time.

The liberal social studies teachers really get annoying. When you find one that is not, it is a real blessing.


22 posted on 05/22/2007 7:30:56 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: rwfromkansas
Unfortunately?.....Fortunately!.....you will now have THE BEST POSITION to be able to re-introduce the idea of "2 sides to every coin" to journalism! A one sided journalist is nothing more than a propagandist in camouflage!..............
23 posted on 05/22/2007 7:34:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: Nextrush
The inconvenient truth is that the propagandists are lying to the children and teenagers. It's all about acquiring power and money and has precious little to do with the environment.

Moreover, the "scientists"/tools who have signed on to this garbage should have their credentials stripped and be sent back to freshman science lab and do it over and over until they can recite and live by the scientific method.

IF they can pass freshman lab, then they should spend the rest of their sorry lives undoing the damage they've done to these impressionable young people and the simple minded adults.

24 posted on 05/22/2007 7:38:01 AM PDT by GBA (God Bless America!)
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To: Red Badger

Note I did say I am also fortunate since I love journalism.

I will just miss social studies. But, believe me...they will have the idea of objectivity and balance drilled into them. :)

That is why I briefly considered going into journalism professionally...so many biased or just plain awful reporters out there, but even after winning awards I felt teaching was my true calling.

Next year will be great.


25 posted on 05/22/2007 7:54:27 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Nextrush
Both Gregory Wimmer and Eric Webb, teachers of global studies and environmental sciences at Central, have used Gore's film as a teaching tool.

Then how about using Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph Of The Will" as a teaching tool?

26 posted on 05/22/2007 7:57:38 AM PDT by lowbridge ("The mainstream media IS the Democratic Party." - Rush Limbaugh)
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To: rwfromkansas

Try this for an in-class exercise:

1. Tape one evening’s newscast from ABC-NBC-CBS-FOX-CNN.

2. Remove the commercials, ads, etc.

3. Compare and contrast the different productions, stories chosen, order in which they are given, slant or bias of the reporter, etc.

4. Have class discuss the above, then “vote” on which of the news shows are the most objective, fair and balanced..........


27 posted on 05/22/2007 7:59:59 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: Red Badger

That is a great lesson idea.


28 posted on 05/22/2007 8:01:09 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Nextrush
I don't mind if schools show AlGore's film as long as it is followed by the BBC's film - "The Great Global Warming Swindle".

Fair and balanced.

29 posted on 05/22/2007 8:11:22 AM PDT by Tokra (I think I'll retire to Bedlam.)
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Butterfield commented, "Young people can make changes that affect the world in a positive way.'

My fourth grade son is already being indoctrinated by the liberal environmentalists. I'm having a hard time teaching him that in America, we are capable of turning back the clock and cleaning up environmental damage that we have done. We quite often do this without fanfare.

My son thought a landfill would always stay an uncovered eyesore. He didn't know that it is possible to use it as a LANDFILL, cover it up and re-use that piece of land.

He didn't know we can clean up the chemicals and waste from our rivers and streams.

The list goes on and on... it's important to counteract the message that the schools are giving out.

30 posted on 05/22/2007 8:15:34 AM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife (Life isn't fair. It's just fairer than death, that's all.--William Goldman)
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To: rwfromkansas

Have some discussions on John Stossel’s reporting style vs. Jerry Rivers’ reporting style, just for fun!..........


31 posted on 05/22/2007 8:17:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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To: beethovenfan
"A documentary is supposed to be based on fact, not fantasy."

Not since Michael Moore changed the definition of "documentary".

32 posted on 05/22/2007 8:37:24 AM PDT by Hoof Hearted
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To: lowbridge
"Then how about using Leni Riefenstahl's Triumph Of The Will" as a teaching tool?"

I attended El Camino High School in Sacramento in the 1960's. Our class viewed Triumph of The Will as part of a world history course. Somehow, I survived its showing (sarc) ..and I'm Jewish!

33 posted on 05/22/2007 8:41:10 AM PDT by Hoof Hearted
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To: D-Chivas
RE: Gore’s movie will be about as relevant as “duck and cover” in the future.

Excellent point!

34 posted on 05/22/2007 8:52:11 AM PDT by Irish Queen (Nevada Gal)
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To: rwfromkansas

Another thing that you should try to instill in the budding young journalists’ minds is:

FACT CHECKING!....Never ASSUME something is true, just because someone else told you, or you read it on some blog somewhere.

Many of today’s crop of so-called journalists are spoon fed info like baby formula. PRESS RELEASES are not FACT SHEETS!....FEELINGS are not THOUGHTS!.........

That’s another thing, FEELINGS.....That has become the most trite question in all of journaldom (dumb?).

“How do you FEEL about that, Mrs. Smith?”....BAH! Who gives a rat’s hind quarter! Ask about THOUGHTS, not FEELINGS!

rwfromkansas, You have the power to start to UN-DO the last 50 years damage by liberal journalism professors in this country. I envy you, and wish you ALL THE LUCK IN GOD’s BEAUTIFUL WORLD, because you’re really gonna need it......

P.S.

First day of class:

Okay class, I want each of you to write a 50-100 word PARAGRAPH about:

WHY I WANT TO BE A JOURNALIST

Then see how many, nearly 100% I’d wager, start off with:

I want to make a difference

or

I want to change the world.

The one who writes:

I want to reveal the truth.

will be your star pupil...........


35 posted on 05/22/2007 9:14:51 AM PDT by Red Badger (My gerund got caught in my diphthong, and now I have a dangling participle...............)
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36 posted on 05/22/2007 12:00:23 PM PDT by xcamel (Press to Test, Release to Detonate)
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Maybe this is what those kiddies should be seeing instead of Algore's movie. This storm came through this morning.

Of course this is nothing compared to the snow storm we had about 5 years ago. On the second weekend of June we got 14" of snow; which is nothing compared to what my brother got. He got 48" of snow that weekend and he only lives about 100 miles north of me.

37 posted on 05/22/2007 12:19:43 PM PDT by mtg
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To: Nextrush
"If what Gore says is true....you feel very uncomfortable by the end of the film."

BIG FAT IF....

He forgot to say that IF it is not true, a lot of money will have been wasted and a lot of freedom will have been given away never to be returned.

38 posted on 05/22/2007 5:15:36 PM PDT by SteamShovel (Global Warming, the New Patriotism)
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