Neon Vincent (darksumomo) wrote in ontd_political,
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Creationists and Climate Change Deniers joining forces.

Crossposted to ontd_science.

They want to change how and what is taught in public school classrooms.

N.Y. Times: Darwin Foes Add Warming to Targets
By LESLIE KAUFMAN

Critics of the teaching of evolution in the nation’s classrooms are gaining ground in some states by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both scientific subjects should be taught in public schools.

In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”

The bill, which has yet to be voted on, is patterned on even more aggressive efforts in other states to fuse such issues. In Louisiana, a law passed in 2008 says the state board of education may assist teachers in promoting “critical thinking” on all of those subjects.

Last year, the Texas Board of Education adopted language requiring that teachers present all sides of the evidence on evolution and global warming.

Oklahoma introduced a bill with similar goals in 2009, although it was not enacted.

The linkage of evolution and global warming is partly a legal strategy: courts have found that singling out evolution for criticism in public schools is a violation of the separation of church and state. By insisting that global warming also be debated, deniers of evolution can argue that they are simply championing academic freedom in general.

Yet they are also capitalizing on rising public resistance in some quarters to accepting the science of global warming, particularly among political conservatives who oppose efforts to rein in emissions of greenhouse gases.

I've read quite a few comparisons between climate change deniers and creationists, which was not intended to be flattering. It seems that both groups have recognized their similarities and decided to make common cause. IMHO, this is not good for science education.

Much more at the link in the title.
Tags: education, environment, science
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