The West Virginia Board of Education has redefined the word “chicken.” It voted 6-2 last week to reverse a decision that would have included views contrary to the current climate change theology in the Mountain State's science curriculum. The board president is the wife of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin. What a travesty that West Virginia students are being denied this necessary exercise in critical thinking. This is political indoctrination at its worst.Of course the braintrust isn't telling you the entire story.
From the National Journal:
Last month, the state Board of Education voted to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards, an academic framework that calls on teachers to teach man-made climate change in public-school classrooms.So far so good. So what happened next?
At the request of a board member who does not consider global warming settled science, however, the board altered the standards prior to their final adoption to cast doubt on the existence of global warming and the role of human activity in changing the planet's climate.They changed this:
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.To this:
Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise and fall in global temperatures over the past century.And if you're talking climate change, that's simply not true.
And so one person on the board (one who doesn't believe in the science in the first place) added text to the standards that contradicts the actual science (held by 97% of the actual experts in the field) in order for those teaching standards to more closely conform to his own political views and not the science. And what happens? The braintrust cries foul that it's "political indoctrination at its worst" when that assault on science is corrected.
Interesting definitions of "political indoctrination" and "science" they got over there at the Tribune-Review.