Holy shit! Public schools are actually going to teach science in science classes!
New national science standards that make the teaching of global warming part of the public school curriculum are slated to be released this month, potentially ending an era in which climate skepticism has been allowed to seep into the nation’s classrooms.
The Next Generation Science Standards were developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the nonprofit Achieve and more than two dozen states. They recommend that educators teach the evidence for man-made climate change starting as early as elementary school and incorporate it into all science classes, ranging from earth science to chemistry. By eighth grade, students should understand that “human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming),” the standards say.
On one side, you have the “knowing more about how the universe works” crowd celebrating the increase in knowledge. After all, we have to know the nature of the problems facing humankind before we can solve them.
There is opposition to this, of course. There are people who think science is useful until it disagrees with the writings of a group of people from a particularly ignorant region of the first-century world, and then science must be suppressed. These people are merchants of ignorance, the products of thinking that faith is equivalent to knowledge rather than gullibility. They are a problem, and I’m glad to hear we’re beginning to ignore them when it comes to educating the next generation.