Federal Way Advised to Teach the Science

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer had an editorial calling on the schools to teach the science following the story reported last week on schools in Federal Way, Washington giving into conservative attacks:

Climate Change: Teach the science

Friday, January 12, 2007

SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER EDITORIAL BOARD

Those Federal Way School Board members are such clever politicians. They have used bureaucratic rules to gore classroom exploration of climate change, a critical topic for students’ futures.

In responding to a parent complaint about Al Gore’s documentary on the threat of global warming, the board put a mythical pursuit of balance ahead of reality. They enacted what is apparently a first: a virtual ban on showing “An Inconvenient Truth,” hidden behind hobbling of teachers’ options through demands for principal and superintendent OKs and presentation of opposing views to Gore’s stirring calls to concern and action.

Any classroom teacher worth his salt is going to let students know about debates on the science of global warming. But equating the consensus on mankind’s role in causing the problem (which even the Bush White House now acknowledges, for crying out loud) with the voices of doubt is a flat misrepresentation of prevailing views.

As school board members well know, teachers have only so much time. Teachers also need a certain amount of freedom in using it. Maybe the duck-and-cover board members forgot that.

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    kj says:

    “They have used bureaucratic rules to gore classroom exploration of climate change…”

    Makes me wonder if ‘gore’ isn’t becoming a verb with another defination, ie, “To Al Gore,” deprive something of its rightful place”

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