Skip to comments.New Science Curriculum to Address Climate Change Controversy
Posted on 03/14/2012 2:02:21 PM PDT by Sopater
The groups currently drafting new science standards for American classrooms have decided to include a section addressing the issue of climate change. The Congressionally chartered National Academies, including the National Research Council, plan to include a document drafted last year that says that human activities have at least a partial impact on climate.
Although there’s a strong consensus in scientific literature on anthropogenic climate change, in America the issue is a source of significant controversy and debate. Just how strident the debate over climate change had become came as a surprise to one California middle school teacher:
When Treena Joi, a teacher at Corte Madera School in Portola Valley, Calif., last year showed her sixth-grade students the global-warming movie “An Inconvenient Truth”a documentary in which former Vice President Al Gore issues dire warnings about climate changethe drama quickly spread beyond the classroom.
A father filed a formal complaint accusing Ms. Joi of “brainwashing” the students. He demanded that she apologize to her students or be fired, according to the complaint. The local school superintendent settled the matter by requiring parental permission before students viewed the movie in the future and prohibiting teachers from talking about ways to address climate change.
Ms. Joi said that this was the first time she’d been confronted by such extreme parental reaction, even though in the past she taught other subjects generally considered controversial such as evolution and sex education.
While the battle between global warming supporters and skeptics rages on in state houses, court houses, news programs and everywhere in between, it’s no wonder that school teachers have felt more than once that they are caught in the middle.
When her daughter’s ninth-grade teacher mimicked a gagging motion when discussing climate change during science class in Clifton Park, N.Y, Kimberly Danforth complained to the school science advisor for redress.
The teacher explained he was playing devil’s advocate and actually believed in mainstream climate-change theories, but Ms. Danforth, who believes children should be taught about global warming, wasn’t persuaded. “He seemed to be thumbing his nose at our values,” she said.
David Wojick, who is leading the effort, backed by a Conservative think tank the Heartland Institute, to design a scientific curriculum that challenges the conventional view of global warming, says that schools shouldn’t be seeking to teach only one side of the debate, but instead to offer a balanced view that will allow students to reach their own conclusions. Arguments like these are very familiar to Eugenie Scott, the executive director of the National Center for Science Education which has previously opposed efforts to introduce Intelligent Design into science classrooms around the country.
Like evolution, climate change is “settled science,” said Scott. “We shouldn’t fight the culture wars in the high-school classroom.”
(Ms. Joi said that this was the first time shed been confronted by such extreme parental reaction)
Those poor, poor teachers keep complaining that parents just don’t get involved in their children’s education. However, when parents have a problem with an obvious one-sided propaganda movie being shown to their kids, they start belly-aching about parental “extreme” reactions. Some of the teachers themselves are so brainwashed, and have so little contact with conservatives, that they seem genuinely surprised about the reactions.
Science is never settled.
Climate is as predictable as the economy. How’s that working out?
Our highly trained government education professionals are taught to deal with complaints by saying “That’s the first time has anyone has complained.” The point is to make the parent feel isolated and insecure.
Humans also stopped the rampant prarie fires that used sweep across the midwest all of the time as well as the buffallo migrations that tore up larg swaths of grassland....
As well as putting out a large number of naturally started forest fires too....
But that is seen as a negative by the enviroidiots.
I stopped reading there. I keep hearing about this mythical "scientific consensus," but nobody ever produces a list and headcount the scientists who support anthropogenic climate change.
Meanwhile, I've got 30,000 scientists who signed a public petition rejecting the theory -- and that was back in 2007 BEFORE Climategates I & II, and the collapse of the IPCC's credibility.
If the Global Warming Alarmists in and out of the media are so damned concerned with "facts" as they claim they are, why will they not prove the "fact" that there is a consensus by ponying up some proof of that assertion.
That’s dose not belong in Science, but in Literature as Fairy Tales in Fiction.
More apprpriately under:
Propaganda: Socialist: Faux Environmental Frauds
They should only teach it in POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES, or
courses that deal in POLITICAL FRAUD. If you question most anybody that believes in Climate Change for 5 minutes you will find out they have no clue about any of it other than reading the headlines of the newspapers. After the obama regime is voted out on their rear end we should pursue legal action against any government officials using
fraudulent IPCC data to fund grants and form public policy
Our Values? What about the values that she thumbed her nose at like freedom or capitalism? What a moron.
Thats the first time has anyone has complained.
“The point is to make the parent feel isolated and insecure.”
Same exact battle strategy as the queer agenda’s use of such terms as “hate”, “non-inclusive”, and the utterly ridiculous “homophobia”.
They’re clearly the perverts, but they attempt to turn bedrock normalcy into the outlier.
Heartland Institute is working on Education plans also.
It also seems like Ms Joi wasn't keeping up with current affairs and how Gore's scam movie was found to be inaccurate in the liberal UK...
But perhaps accuracy is not in her lesson plan...:^)
“...Climate Change Controversy”
What contraversy? I thought it was settled?
Exactly right. More disgusting than the economic damage being done by global warming hysteria is the damage to science itself.
"Settled science" like Newton's Laws of Motion is never defended with the weak and unscientific argument that it's settled science [Argumentum ad populum - where an idea is claimed to be true solely because many people allegedly believe it to be so].
Newton's Laws were defended with publicly available experimental data and precise measurement accessible to any scientist . . . until Einstein refined them by finding a more broadly applicable and accurate theory.
The settled medical science on gastric freezing for ulcers and on the cause of ulcers was also defended by objective research with published and public data . . . until Barry Marshall and Robin Warren identified Helicobacter pylori as the real cause and eliminated their own profession.
Similarly for hormone replacement therapy and cancer risk, for
Ptolemy and Copernicus, for
whether Pluto is a planet or just Mickey Mouse's dog, for
and the rest of the theories . . . back when science was based on the Scientific Method instead of political pull.
Naturally caused fires are essential to a balanced and healthy ecosystem.
In many cases, the heat from fire causes seeds to germinate, promoting the growth of various plants and fauna.
The lack of naturally occurring fires is primarily why many of the recent fires were so devastating. The undergrowth and dead wood hadn’t been cleared out, creating firestorms of epic proportions.
The “enviroidiots”, envirowhackos, environazis, etc. won’t permit the USFS to conduct controlled burns to clear this stuff out. And when firefighters or residents are killed, hundreds of structures burned to the ground and 100’s of millions of dollars spent on putting out fires, they are “strangely silent”.
There is quite a large difference between conservationists and environmentalists.
When my daughter entered the junior high school there was one teacher who was known to be a big global warming alarmist. She was known for talking about it every chance she had, in History class no less. Every year she used to show “An Inconvenient Truth”. I made it known that If she did that I was going to demand that she also show “The Great Global Warming Hoax” as balance since global warming was a controversial subject. Earth day came and went with no showing of “An Inconvenient Truth” and as far as I know it hasn’t been shown since.
Another place they slip in AGW propaganda is in standardized tests. I also went in and complained about that. It’s funny because at least in the elementary school the kids aren’t taught about it. So, the kids are being tested on things they didn’t have in the class but the test only allows one answer to all the questions, pro AGW.
Mind control comes to mind. There are going to be one hell of a lot of pissed off elder kids, once they start to find out there is more to the stories they have been persuaded to believe in.