Target: Kansas State Legislature
Goal: Do not require teachers to deny climate change in schools
Recently, a bill was introduced to the Kansas State Legislature that would change the way science is taught in Kansas public schools. Any scientific topic which is controversial would undermined by teaching both support and denial of the topic. The bill specifically focuses on climate change, which is a political controversy, but not a scientific one. If this bill passes, teachers will be required to teach political opposition to scientific fact, which will have a negative effect on what children are learning.
The bill states that science teachers will be required to “provide information to students of scientific evidence which both supports and counters a [controversial] scientific theory or hypothesis.” The bill specifically mentions climate change as an example of a controversial topic. However, climate change is only a political controversy, not a scientific one. Evidence which counters it is often produced by companies who have a financial interest in denying climate change. Teachers will be forced to teach their students politically motivated false evidence as fact.
This bill will ultimately have a negative effect on students. They will be taught political controversy as scientific fact. Other states have proposed similar bills, but they have been rejected. Teachers do not want to be forced to present inaccurate information to their students, and families do not want their children to learn false science. Tell the Kansas State Legislature not to pass this bill.
Dear Kansas State Legislature,
Recently, a bill was introduced to you that would change the way science is taught in Kansas public schools. The bill would require teachers to present evidence both for and against any scientific topic that is controversial. However, the bill mentions climate change as a controversial topic. It is not a scientific controversy, but instead a political one. Teaching supposed evidence against this is teaching students false information in the name of politics.
I ask you not to pass this bill. Students deserve to learn actual scientific facts from schools, instead of information supported solely by politics masquerading as fact. If this bill passes, future generations of Kansas students will be at a disadvantage for understanding scientific facts. Do not pass this bill and allow Kansas students to get a good understanding of science.
[Your Name Here]