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Climate Change To Be Taught In CA Schools

From an approving San Jose Mercury News:

California State Senator Joe Simitian is the guest storyteller for toddlers and preschoolers at the Palo Alto Children’s library in this file photo. Simitian has proposed a bill that would require climate change be taught in California schools.

Bill would require California’s science curriculum to cover climate change

By Paul Rogers


Reading, writing and . . . global warming?

A Silicon Valley lawmaker is gaining momentum with a bill that would require “climate change” to be among the science topics that all California public school students are taught.

The measure, by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, also would mandate that future science textbooks approved for California public schools include climate change.

“You can’t have a science curriculum that is relevant and current if it doesn’t deal with the science behind climate change,” Simitian said. “This is a phenomenon of global importance and our kids ought to understand the science behind that phenomenon.”

The state Senate approved the bill, SB 908, Jan. 30 by a 26-13 vote. It heads now to the state Assembly. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has taken numerous actions to reduce global warming, but he has yet to weigh in on Simitian’s bill. Other Republicans in the Capitol, however, are not happy about the proposal…

Simitian noted that his bill wouldn’t dictate what to teach or in what grades, but rather would require the state Board of Education and state Department of Education to decide both.

Although global warming is mentioned in high school classes about weather, it is currently not required to be covered in all textbooks, said the head of the California Science Teachers Association.

“This is a great idea. I don’t think there’s any reason to talk about politics,” said Christine Bertrand, the group’s executive director. “There’s no argument that there is climate change. The argument is how much is caused by the activities of mankind.” …

Maybe they can work “climate change” into their teaching about evolution.

Except now, of course, the earth and its inhabitants are not supposed to change or adapt — ever.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, February 16th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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