Federal science standards coming later this month will recommend that public schools educate students about climate change. Once students understand, they may just educate their parents.
What little my boys know about climate change, they know from me or their own reading, not from school. While I believe climate change is happening and I believe that humans have a hand in it, I don’t know much about the science behind it. So, I was glad to read on NPR that climate change education will be coming to classrooms. The sweeping changes that a report on climate change literacy recommends for K-12 classrooms are voluntary; schools will not have to implement them, but they should.
They should because it’s important science to know and understand. Older students who are capable of making decisions on what they buy and how they get from point A to point B will be able to make informed decisions. Younger students will begin to learn facts that will help them make choices in the future.There’s something else good that could come out of climate change education in schools. Many students will pass the information they learn on to their parents, and some of them just may make changes because of it.
How would this writer feel if the prevailing science theory was something different than what she believed? Would she be so excited if her child was taught one theory (in opposition to her own research as a parent) and came home and told her how clueless and wrong she was? Would she be so excited about national science standards funded by private organizations such as big oil companies touting the wonders of oil as the best energy resource if she believed in green energy as the answer to America's energy issues?
Silly parents. They need to be educated by national standards because their views are now determined to be antiquated and clueless and their assumptions are obviously wrong.
Al Gore must be mighty proud. Remember when he said to 12 year old children about global warming (now renamed climate change), "you know things older people don't know"? It is up to knowledgeable 12 year children educated by scientists like Al Gore to educate their parents about global warming or climate change or whatever the current crisis is in America. You can listen to his speech here.