Skip to comments.North Idaho schools cut through the climate debate by teaching kids to think like scientists
Posted on 03/08/2018 11:41:40 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
Somewhere in the process of digging down through 7 feet of snow near the top of a mountain, measuring the snowpack and jotting down numbers, Cheyenne Kiecker discovered something that, for her, felt impossible: Maybe she does like science after all.
In February, Kiecker and her classmates studied the snow at Lookout Pass in North Idaho. She learned how the snow impacts the runoff into streams and rivers and lakes, how it affects the fish and the spring foliage, how it changes the wildfire season. And she's learned that in recent decades, the snowpack in the very spot she and her classmates dug into has trended downward.
"It was really interesting to think about how the snow I was looking at impacts everything I deal with on a daily basis," Kiecker says. "I never thought about these kinds of things."
In a state where some politicians have argued human-caused climate change shouldn't be taught in schools, the project has given students the chance to discover it for themselves.
"The intent of this program was to show students science," says Jim Ekins, an educator for University of Idaho Extension who helps coordinate the project. "As they become more science literate, it's a whole lot easier to understand the data that supports anthropogenic climate change."
Some lawmakers feel both sides of what they call "the debate" around global warming should be taught. But for those involved in The Confluence Project, it's more important to teach kids how to be scientists. That way, says Ekins students understand it in a more "profound way."
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Jim Ekins has a natural resource degree from Western Carolina University and a master's in natural resources planning from University of Oregon. He worked in three national parks, on a research base in Antarctica and in wetland restoration for watershed councils in Oregon and Idaho. He's an avid canoeist, skier and runner.
Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.
Remember, kids, adjust the data until it supports your conclusion. That’s how real climate scientists do it.
Funny, I was taught the scientific method.
It has to be human caused because who else could be manipulating the data? /s
Do your part!!
Science uses the scientific method.
Climate “science” does not use the scientific method.
Instead climate “science” uses climate anecdotes.
Anecdotes are not science.
First, mathematics through Calculus II, then Physics for Scientists and Engineers...then one has something to build upon.
Once you could learn to think like a scientist by simply reading National Geographic every month. The OPPOSITE will happen now.
If you start with stats that have been carefully screened to support your viewpoint it sure is easy to make sure no other viewpoint is taught. Same goes for those “peer reviewed” journal articles.
No science here.
They should understand the data. Period. Assuming that it supports anything at all screws up the process.
This is exactly backwards. The more you learn of science, the more dubious do these chicken little claims about the sky falling appear.
Water Vapor controls the temperature on Planet Earth. All other claims are just bullsh*t.
Science does not support the power grabbing bullsh*t known as "global warming." It refutes it. Stop lying about science.
Possible addition to the caption: “Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As Berlin fell He ordered his six children killed then shot his wife and himself.”
Marie Curie would NEVER have gotten two Nobel Prizes if “The Science is Settled” concept existed in the late 1800’s.
The basic thought at that time was Elements never changed.
The whole concept of “Radioactivity” was her discovery.
Many saw indications, but she was the only one to stick her neck out and prove it existed.
Once it was shown, it was easy to verify.
Another reason to home school.
Meanwhile, there was a thread here on FR the other day about 33,000 scientists who say “climate change” is a hoax.
“As they become more science literate, it’s a whole lot easier to understand the data that supports anthropogenic climate change.”
Does it also make it easier to understand data that does not support anthropogenic climate change?
NOT North Idaho!!! That area of the state is a conservative bastion. I so hope parents in this area fight this. Yikes!
That's not "teaching kids to think like scientist." Only a quack scientist would limit their study of "climate" to "recent decades." True scientist would study hundreds and thousands of years.
For a class project she did a poster board on how “anthropogenic global warming” was just not so - she got an “A” on it from that same teacher.
Thinking like a modern scientist is easy: just think money.
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