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Texas textbook censors draw a bead on climate change

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So what if they have no expertise, scientific training, or knowledge? They do know some of things in the Bible, and that certainly qualifies them to decide what children should and should not learn. Chris Mooney blogging for Discover:

Joe Romm has an important post about the folks down in Texas who are constantly trying to bring the textbooks into line with ideology. This is something we usually think of as affecting the evolution issue, but no–climate change is also a topic that is being watched closely by the watchers of educational content.

Romm himself is linking a Washington Monthly piece called “Revisionaries,” which reports the following:

A similar scenario played out during the battle over science standards, which reached a crescendo in early 2009. Despite the overwhelming consensus among scientists that climate change exists, the group rammed through a last-minute amendment requiring students to “analyze and evaluate different views on the existence of global warming.” This, in essence, mandates the teaching of climate-change denial. What’s more, they scrubbed the standards of any reference to the fact that the universe is roughly fourteen billion years old, because this timeline conflicts with biblical accounts of creation.

The strategy is identical, isn’t it? “Critically analyze” evolution, “critically analyze” climate change…and smuggle bad science into the classroom to sow doubt and confuse the kids. Frankly, I am wondering these days if climate denial may not be growing into an even more massive phenomenon than evolution denial in the US. I doubt it has the potential to be as long-lived. But the intensity of it, which I feel every day now, simply dwarfs what’s going on in the evolution fight….

Written by LeisureGuy

14 January 2010 at 4:00 pm

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  1. “Despite the overwhelming consensus among scientists that climate change exists, the group rammed through a last-minute amendment requiring students to “analyze and evaluate different views on the existence of global warming.” This, in essence, mandates the teaching of climate-change denial.”

    That’s right, it does mandate the teaching of climate change denial. And rightly so; they should be teaching differing opinions to kids, rather than the straight AGW propaganda. Especially now that Copenhagen has been revealed as the central control socialist dream that it was. And now that the majority of the developed world does not Believe in AGW anymore, only a shrinking minority still believe. So they are correct to teach this opposing view, and they should be embarrassed that they haden’t done it before.

    Klem

    15 January 2010 at 8:22 am

  2. Klem, could you provide us with some idea of your scientific background and credentials. 89% of publishing scientists and 99% of publishing climatologists agree with AGW, and I’m curious whether you’re part of the 1% of climatologists or the 11% of publishing scientists.

    OTOH, if you’re responding purely from political convictions (“socialist dream”), then your opinion is irrelevant to the science of the situation.

    LeisureGuy

    15 January 2010 at 8:57 am


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