Target: Rep. Clay Aurand, Kansas House Education Committee Chair
Goal: Do not force teachers to deny climate change in Kansas schools
A bill has been presented to the Kansas House of Representatives by the Education Committee demanding that teachers in that state present evidence to students that both supports and counters global warming. Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Texas have all passed similar bills. This bill hopes to teach young people that climate change is a “controversial” topic, when in fact it is not controversial. In the scientific community, global warming is not debated; it is accepted as a reality that is currently taking place on Earth. In fact, ninety-seven percent of published scientific researchers agree that climate change is real and is happening right now.
Although politically motivated pundits may argue with the science behind global warming, scientists certainly do not. It follows that many teachers may be hard-pressed to find evidence that counters climate change, since there isn’t any. Some fear new teachers in the state will look for work elsewhere to avoid state censorship in the teaching of basic scientific principles. One journalist encourages the Committee itself to provide evidence against climate change, rather than unfairly leave the ludicrous burden on well-meaning teachers.
Kansas parents may resent such a bill, since climate change education is becoming more popular in Kansas and across the nation. PBS offers a climate change course for middle schoolers at Washburn University in Topeka. Stand by parents and urge legislators in Kansas to shoot down this ridiculous bill so that science students in that state may keep up with the rest of the nation.
Dear Mr. Aurand,
Please do not pass a bill which forces educators in Kansas to present evidence against global warming and teach students that it is a “controversial” topic. Global warming is a widely-accepted process in the scientific community, with 97 percent of published researchers agreeing on its existence. That is hardly a controversy. Although politically-motived pundits may argue amongst themselves about the so-called “non-existence” of global warming, those are in no way scientifically sound arguments.
Parents in Kansas are becoming more interested in climate education in Kansas, rather than less so. Independent groups like PBS are offering climate change courses to young people in the capital and throughout the state. Do not ignore parents who want a proper scientific education for their children. Do not let Kansas children lag behind the nation in scientific understanding. Deny this bill, which would force educators to mislead students about that nature of global climate change.
[Your Name Here]
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