Greens Outraged State Laws to Force Teachers to Devote Less Class Time to Climate Activism

Greens Outraged State Laws to Force Teachers to Devote Less Class Time to Climate Activism

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

New state laws aim to refocus climate activist teachers on providing academic education.

STATES ARE INTRODUCING BILLS THAT COULD PREVENT TEACHERS FROM ADVOCATING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

A bill in South Dakota would require each school board to adopt a code of ethics that prevents public school elementary and secondary school teachers from advocating “for any issue that is part of a political party platform at the national, state, or local level.” The Arizona legislature introduced a nearly identical bill.

Science education groups are concerned that these bills, if enacted, would limit instruction on anthropogenic climate change, which is a key tenet of state and federal Democratic Party platforms. In the case of Maine, the bill could require teachers to discuss climate change as a disputed theory and present disproven theories for the global rise in temperatures as valid.

Read more: https://psmag.com/news/state-bills-could-prevent-teachers-from-advocating-for-climate-change

The article notes similar laws are being introduced in Virginia and Maine.

via Watts Up With That?

http://bit.ly/2IqsWk8

February 19, 2019 at 04:01PM

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