Submitted by Anne Landman on
A new group called "Balanced Education for Everyone"(BEE) is rolling out a national effort to stop the teaching of global warming in schools, calling it "unnecessary." The group says global warming is "junk science" and that teaching it scares schoolchildren unnecessarily. BEE initiated its countrywide effort to eradicate climate change instruction from classrooms in Mesa County, Colorado, where Rose Pugliese, a failed school board candidate for the area's last election, presented the District 51 School Board with a petition containing about 600 signatures asking that science teachers stop giving lessons on global warming. At the meeting, an ecologist with a Ph.D. tried to explain to the school board that the subject of climate change "is not just some liberal theory," and a Mesa State College professor drew snickers from the audience when she told the Board that global warming is as certain a scientific theory as gravity and evolution. Balanced Education for Everyone is a project of the conservative group Independent Women's Forum, which promotes a documentary called "Not Evil Just Wrong" as the basis for classroom lesson plans, and for what they consider "scientifically accurate" information about global warming. The documentary was created to counteract Al Gore's Oscar-winning global warming documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth." Balanced Education for Everyone has gained the support of Colorado State School Board member Marcia Neal, a Republican from Grand Junction.
BruceAZ replied on Permalink
Keep it in Perspective
While I don't doubt that human activity is contributing to global warming, I am certain that it is not the only cause of climate change. The earth has warmed and cooled many times before the existence of modern humans, i.e., the ice ages. Whatever mankind's contribution to global warming is, however, it is irresponsible to keep that information from our children as they will eventually have to deal with the consequences of the change in climate.
Matthew Arndt replied on Permalink
I totally agree that this topic has scared my youngest son, he is having nightmares about it. I understand that this is part of our lives and we have to be aware of this. However, I think that if we really must inform our kids about it, a professional should be present and they have to be very careful with how they deliver it.
Anonymous replied on Permalink
Those who are not aware that this is, in fact, junk science are way behind the times. The whole concept of anthropogenic climate change is built on lies and suppression - follow the money.
Michael Moss replied on Permalink
Balanced Climate Education for all
This is a very interesting subject. I understand that in the UK there are very strict rules on how they teach this subject in schools. Al Core's movie an inconvenient truth has been banned from being played due to the shonkey spin and bogus science discussed. While I think kids should be made aware of the environment we shouldn't be selling them false science just to influence them.