"Los Alamitos School Board orders global warming class to teach the controversy, push disinformation"
Before Los Alamitos High School science teachers can tackle topics such as global warming, they will have to demonstrate to the school board that the course is politically balanced….
Concerned that “liberal” faculty members could skew lessons on global warming, the board of education unanimously voted to make teachers give an annual presentation on how they’re teaching the class….
Although there is a consensus among scientists, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, that global climate change exists, the board of education said the topic is controversial enough to require a change in the district’s policy….
“We define a topic to be controversial if it has more than one widely held view,” said Assistant Superintendent Sherry Kropp,
Darn you liberal faculty members who teach science and “skew” their lessons towards scientific facts! We demand “politically balanced” science.
Anyone can see the AAAS has an agenda: They want the “advancement” of science. No doubt so they can line their pockets with all that science money out there.
The guy pushing this effort knows what’s what:
“I believe my role in the board is to represent the conservative voice of the community and I’m not a big fan of global warming,” said board member Jeffrey Barke, who led the effort. “The teachers wanted [the class], and we want a review of how they are teaching it.”
… The new class will be the first for which district teachers must prove political balance to the school board. “Most teachers are left to center, and if we leave it to teachers to impose their liberal views, then it would make for an unbalanced lesson,” Barke said. “Some people believe that global warming is a crock of crap, and others are zealots.”
Yeah, since some people believe that cigarette smoking is good for you, we should give cigarettes to the kids who take this class, so they can see for themselves whether or not they cause cancer in a few decades. That’s how science is done, you know. With field tests, not some liberals repeating what those zealous scientists tell them.
The good news for Los Alamitos is that Kropp who “will take the district’s helm when Superintendent Gregory Franklin steps down at the end of the school year,” has precisely the right temperament to oversee the education of young minds:
“There are many issues regarding the environment that have become politicized these days and we want kids to be exposed to all sides.”
… “An unbalanced lesson would portray only one side. All we want is to have teachers teach the various scientific theories out there.”
Hey, someone on FoxNews said the EPA has been politicized, so we want kids exposed to all pollutants, too. How else will we figure out which ones might harm them — and which might be good for them?
Doonesbury sums up the right-wing ‘education’ strategy:
- The casualties of creationism are the nation’s children: The National Center for Science Education has said of creationism that “students who accept this material as scientifically valid are unlikely to succeed in science courses at the college level.”
- Oklahoma Lawmaker Sally Kern proposes bill that forces teachers to question evolution, climate science
- TN state Rep. says Einstein would teach creationism
- Luddite U.S. Chamber of Commerce seeks “the Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century” on global warming
- Hypocrite of the year: Anti-science George Will bemoans decline of U.S. science
- How ultraconservative Texans are rewriting your kids’ textbooks and bringing global-warming denial into science class