Several U.S. states are noticing a troubling thread in Common Core science lessons: an attempt to convince students that climate change is real.
Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have now signed on to Common Core’s Next Generation of Science Standards, according to Fox News. And tucked inside the new guidelines is global warming-speak with definitive ties to the U.S. government.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
While publicly billed as the result of a state-led process, the new science standards rely on a framework developed by the Washington, D.C.-based National Research Council. That is the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences that works closely with the federal government on most scientific matters.
All of the National Research Council’s work around global warming proceeds from the initial premise of its 2011 report, “America’s Climate Choices” which states that “climate change is already occurring, is based largely on human activities, and is supported by multiple lines of scientific evidence.” From the council’s perspective, the science of climate change has already been settled. Not surprisingly, global climate change is one of the disciplinary core ideas embedded in the Next Generation of Science Standards, making it required learning for students in grade, middle and high school.
James Taylor, a senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute, said the Common Core guidelines present a one-sided argument as fact without providing necessary context, according to Fox News.
“From kindergarten to high school graduation, they are pushing one side of the scientific discussion,” Taylor told Fox News. “They’re pushing an alarmist agenda that says humans are the major cause of global warming.”
Students are taught by fifth grade that rising temperatures will affect all humans, and by eighth grade, they’re taught that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are a major factor in global warming.
Taylor said the federal government’s attempt to indoctrinate young minds is the kind of overreach that happens when Big Brother takes over.
“Once you take the education decisions out of the hands of local teachers and put them in the hands of activists in the federal government, you have these types of ridiculous statements,” Taylor told Fox News.
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