beer-bongA couple of weeks ago it was announced by some “national educators” that they had just issued new guidelines that call for sweeping changes in the way science is taught in the U.S. These guidelines would include a recommendation that global warming be taught as early as middle school. They would also include a firm stand that children must learn about evolution.

26 states, including Iowa, have committed to seriously consider the guidelines. Supposedly the guidelines were to combat “widespread scientific ignorance” and would help students become “more intelligent.”

“In many respects, the standards are meant to do for science what a separate set of guidelines known as Common Core is supposed to do for English and Mathematics. To date 45 states have adopted the Common Core standards”.

Common Core was started with high hopes of raising our students’ performance in Mathematics and English by establishing standards that each student should know to have the highest success in these areas. One could argue that is a desirable objective to bring our student performance up to world class level. However, just like the proposed science standards something went amiss along the way. One of the problems, fatal in my opinion, is that the process provides an ideal way for reformers that want to push their agenda, global warming and evolution in this case, down the throats of our children and past the control of local people in the school system.

One of my favorite books, “Inside American Education” by one of my favorite writers, Thomas Sowell, included a statement by Sowell that “Parents who send their children to school with instructions to respect and obey their teachers may be surprised to discover how often these children are sent back home conditioned to disrespect and disobey their parents”. Although that book was written in 1992 it is even more accurate today. I’d recommend it for every parent. While the secular progressives argue that religion can’t be taught in schools they have no reservation in trying to interfere with the religious teaching that occurs in the home and in our churches.

Since the claims of global warming were made over ten years ago, sound scientific research has proven the claims were either totally false or grossly over-exaggerated when they were made. Maybe someone can tell me how teaching this dogma, totally disproved by true scientific inquiry, will make our students less ignorant and more intelligent.

The implementation of these standards through a process similar to the Common Core indicates to me that, although Common Core started out with noble intentions, it has become what amounts to a National beer bong for our education system. If you don’t know what a beer bong is ask your kids, they’ll know.

Editor’s note: If you don’t know what a beer bong is I, ahem, had some experience with these in college (prior to being saved I should note)…. This is obviously not a positive reference.

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  1. “Since the claims of global warming were made over ten years ago, sound
    scientific research has proven the claims were either totally false or
    grossly over-exaggerated when they were made. Maybe someone can tell me
    how teaching this dogma, totally disproved by true scientific inquiry,…” And what “true” science has “totally disproved” global warming? I have seen the many data that show that the planet has gradually warmed since the industrial revolution. That is not the question you should be focusing on–rather you should be focusing on whether changing human activities can reverse this trend and whether it is a good idea for make these changes. Those questions are open for debate. The issue of whether the planet is warmer is convincingly settled.

    1. The only reason you think the science is settled on the matter is because that is what you are being told by the people you look up to; not because you know anything about it. I work for an environmental organization that is entrusted with environmental protection and it is quite evident in the funding apparatus that perpetuating the official stance on global warming is the best way to get research funding; funding that builds beuracracy based on faulty climate models.
      Petition Project: http://www.petitionproject.org/
      Al Gore questioned by congressional committee: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esoFaupuMMg
      Leaked IPCC report: http://stopgreensuicide.com/
      Short Video on Climate Science Research Data: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gDErDwXqhc&feature=player_embedded
      Report on Policy-Driven Deception by Joseph D’ Aleo and Anthony Watts: http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/images/stories/papers/originals/surface_temp.pdf
      Video on Indigenous resistance of UN’s REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) initiative: http://www.youtube.com/watch? v=m8tXcA9JWoQ&feature=player_embedded
      Richard A. Muller Talk on Global Warming Data Manipulation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=8BQpciw8suk

      Associated
      articles:


      Article on leaked climate scientist e-mails: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2009/nov/20/climate-sceptics-hackers-leaked-emails
      ; http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cif-green/2009/nov/23/global-warming-leaked-email-climate-scientists


      Speech Against UN Agenda 21 by a Politician in Australia (Very
      Informative): http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=WrdmjBAX0E0


      Science and Public Policy Institute website:

      http://scienceandpublicpolicy.org/our_mission.html


      Blog Article on Global Warming Agenda:

      http://landdestroyer.blogspot.ca/2013/02/climate-change-folly-of-demanding-action.html


      Article on indigenous rights and argument against UN “REDD”
      program:

      http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/articles/17-uns-empty-declaration-of-indigenous-rights/
      (Excerpt 1: “As the World Bank Group positions itself to become a
      lead agency on climate change mitigation and the central administrative body of
      the proposed FCPF, we are concerned that the Bank risks losing sight of its
      central mission of reducing poverty as it adopts a narrow focus on carbon
      accounting. We note also that the Bank continues to undermine its own climate
      change mitigation efforts by persisting in funding fossil fuel industries on a
      global scale and enabling deforestation.” Excerpt 2: Jihan Gearon,
      of the indigenous Environmental Network, responded to the ban on Indigenous
      participation by stating, “Our communities and livelihoods are the first
      affected by climate change. We are also the most affected by the unsustainable
      solutions being proposed to solve climate change. . . . This past September 13,
      the UN General Assembly adopted the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
      Peoples, which protects the rights of Indigenous Peoples to their lands,
      territories, and environment. Yet through the faulty process and false climate
      change solutions of the UNFCCC, these fundamental human rights are being
      violated.”)


      Indigenous Environmental Network Website:

      http://no-redd.com/category/no-redd/


      Corbett Report on Geoengineering:

      http://www.corbettreport.com/geoengineering-the-real-climate-change-threat/


      Rosalind Peterson Talk:

      http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6ECBAD13C9A077D1


      Wikipedia links to individuals cited above:

      Joseph
      D’Aleo http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_D'Aleo ;

      Anthony
      Watts http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Watts_(blogger)

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