Tuesday, February 19, 2008

CA to Require Schools Teach Global Warming?

A Democratic California state senator wants to require that all science textbooks approved for use in California schools in future teach "climate change."

The senator says "You can't have a science curriculum that is relevant and current if it doesn't deal with the science behind climate change."

Of course, the problem is that the "science behind climate change" is hotly disputed.

If textbooks simply present the concept of global warming and evenhandedly explain that there are currently multiple scientific theories, which are unsettled, that seems reasonable; but in the first place I suspect global warming would be taught as fact, and in the second place, why does this reach the level of a state mandate?

Politics, of course...it's to the benefit of those in power, i.e., Democrats, for children to grow up believing in global warming.

State Senator Tom McClintock, a Republican, says, "I find it disturbing that this mandate to teach this theory is not accompanied by a requirement that the discussion be science-based and include a critical analysis of all sides of the subject."


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