Indiana schools adding climate change studies to science curriculum

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Major changes are coming to Indiana schools, as state educators are adding a new climate change curriculum to science classes. New state science standards, which require more climate education, will go into full effect by next school year.
A 2020 survey by science educators found a majority of the 50 states did not include elements of environmental science and climate change in their curricula.
Glenn Branch, deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, said over the past decade, climate change has gone from being an abstract concept to a clear and present danger to the planet.
“It’s important for today’s students to understand climate change because they’re going to be experiencing the disruptive effects of climate change for the rest of their life,” Branch pointed out. “They’ll need to be equipped with the knowledge and know how to adapt to and mitigate the worst of these effects.”
The state’s new Climate Change Education Framework was produced by a partnership between Purdue University and the Indiana Board of Education. Officials call the curriculum a “major step forward” in preparing students to cope with climate change.
A recent study by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found 72% of Americans believe climate change is real, and a majority agree it is caused by human activity. Branch said in a study by the center, Indiana ranked among the bottom 10 states for its climate change studies.
“In that study, Indiana’s standards received a D, so not very good at all,” Branch noted. “If we were to apply the same rubric to the new standards, it would at least get a B plus, possibly an A minus.”
Branch added many teachers have not yet had the opportunity to learn about climate change and will need extra training to get up to speed.
“It’s one thing to tell the teachers, ‘Hey, you need to start teaching more about climate change,’ and it’s another thing to prepare the teachers to do so,” Branch stressed. “Remember, today’s teachers were educated in yesterday’s schools. Yesterday’s schools didn’t teach very much about climate change.”

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  1. “A recent study by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication found 72% of Americans believe climate change is real, and a majority agree it is caused by human activity. ”

    Science does not work by consensus, it works by proof and there isn’t any reliable proof for man made climate change. Too many partisan hacks have tampered with temperature data, changed computer modeling, and even silenced opposing viewpoints for ANY of the climate change bunk to be taken seriously.

    Gullible warming is a scam, and any lawmaker who thought this curriculum was a good idea should be primaried.

  2. More grooming in the government education machine.
    Climate change =The weather…..and yes it changes. Let’s not talk about the oil that seeps into the oceans naturally or the volcanoes, or China doing whatever they want to the environment.
    Let’s not talk about electric vehicles and the White House getting rid of natural gas stoves and propane stoves. Oh yeah, and after the Democrats and Biden start closing the coal plants we will not have enough electricity. More government control.

  3. Half the country also believes in Santa Claus. Therefore I demand classes on Santa Clause!

    This is just one reason why I homeschool. This is not science, there’s no proof it’s man made & nobody wants to talk about the ice age (what caused it & what caused the warming) or statistics, because neither points to man made or anything of any significance.

    I’ve got a text book they should use, “Apocalypse Never” by environmentalist Michael Shellenberger. With 1/4 of the book being footnotes of research. Maybe they should look up that word, research….

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