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The Portland Oregon school board made a move that hearkens back to the bad old days of book burning.
Because school in 2016 is more about indoctrination than it is about education the board decided to ban all books that question the theory of man made climate change.
The resolution was presented by board member Mike Rosen. It directed school officials to develop a plan to offer “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice” in Portland schools, the Portland Tribune reported.
“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” Gaby Lemieux, a student at Lincoln High School said during testimony before the board on Tuesday. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”
“A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” Bill Bigelow, the editor of the ReThinking Schools online magazine who helped present the legislation, said. “We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.”
When asked if the resolution would force the schools to purchase new textbooks, like his “A People’s Curriculum for the Earth,” Bigelow said his group is a nonprofit.
“What we’re asking for is not: Buy new stuff,” he told the Tribune. “What we’re looking for is a whole different model of curriculum development and distribution.”
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