A Grist/Beacon article by Zoya Feirste1n
Online — Policymakers should have acted swiftly to mitigate the effects of rising greenhouse gas emissions decades ago, when climate science was first making the rounds.
Alas, the American political establishment gets a D for not doing its climate homework.
And to make matters worse, the public is still divided over whether humanity has contributed to climate change!
Well, these teachers have had enough.
A group representing tens of thousands of science teachers, administrators, and educators recently published a statement showing its support for “decades of research and overwhelming scientific consensus” that the planet is changing.
Why now? Because “teachers are facing pressure to not only eliminate or de-emphasize climate change science, but also to introduce non-scientific ideas in science classrooms,” the National Science Teachers Association statement says.
Last year, New Mexico’s public education agency launched a behind-closed-doors effort to eliminate the term “climate change” from science teaching standards.
The phrase was to be replaced with “temperature fluctuation.” (Not the same thing!) The attempt was foiled in part by teachers, who spoke out against the move.
And a comparable issue played out Idaho in February. Teachers have also had to contend with anti-climate propaganda from right-wing interests like The Heartland Institute, which mailed a pamphlet called “Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming” to teachers across the country.
The new statement calls on school administrators to supply their science teachers with opportunities to learn more about the science behind climate change.
It also lays out a long list of things teachers can do to “ensure a high-quality K–12 science education constructed upon evidence-based science.”
With the right support, the next generation of American youth might grow up to actually understand the science behind the largest issue facing humankind.