…the secular religionists are bad enough without bringing creationists into the fray.
A flash point has emerged in American science education that echoes the battle over evolution, as scientists and educators report mounting resistance to the study of man-made climate change in middle and high schools.
Although scientific evidence increasingly shows that fossil fuel consumption has caused the climate to change rapidly, the issue has grown so politicized that skepticism of the broad scientific consensus has seeped into classrooms.
Actually, new science shows the theory to be weaker that advertised.
Texas and Louisiana 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 legislation to give climate change skeptics a place in the classroom.
That sounds good — science should be vigorously debated, not marketed by the Global Warming Industrial Complex composed of legitimate scientists, hack scientists, hack politicians, watermelons (green on outside, red inside), rent-seeking crony capitalists and vacuous media twits.
Alas, the impetus for opwn debate is being pushed by those who insist on teaching creationism. This will stain those who believe AGW science is far from settled.
AGW should not be engulfed in the culture war. The arguments should be science, pure science.
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, plans to announce on Monday that it will begin an initiative to monitor the teaching of climate science and evaluate the sources of resistance to it.
NCSE, a small, nonpartisan group of scientists, teachers, clergy and concerned individuals, rose to prominence in the last decade defending evolution in the curriculum.
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.
Long-tested? Evolution makes sense to me (and I don’t think conflicts with religious teaching) but how does anyone test the theory? That’s nonsense.
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.”
Please. Al Gore compares those who disagree with his goofy science to Holocaust deniers. That’s quite a heckler’s veto, no?