TwitterFacebook

National Center for Science Education to Defend Teaching of Climate Change

“We need to teach kids now about the realities of global warming and climate change”
Science • Views: 20,882

The National Center for Science Education has long been a leader in the battle against those who relentlessly try to insert creationism into public school science classes; they’re probably most well-known for the key role they played in the Dover “intelligent design” trial. (Which didn’t go well at all for the creationists.)

As I’ve pointed out several times at LGF (e.g., ‘Teach the Controversy’ Comes to the Science of Global Warming), the tactics and ideologies of creationists are very similar to those of climate change deniers (often they’re even the same people), and I’m glad to see that the NCSE is now broadening the scope of their mission to counter the concerted effort to prevent schools from teaching the scientific evidence for climate change: NCSE’s climate change initiative launched.

Glacier via Shutterstock (click to enlarge)NCSE is proud to announce the launch of its new initiative aimed at defending the teaching of climate change. Like evolution, climate change is accepted by the scientific community but controversial among the public. As a result, educators trying to teach climate change, like their counterparts trying to teach evolution, are often likewise pressured to compromise the scientific and pedagogical integrity of their instruction. But there was no NCSE for climate — no organization, that is, specializing in providing advice and support to those facing challenges to climate change education.

With the launching of the initiative, NCSE itself becomes that organization. As NCSE’s executive director Eugenie C. Scott explained in a January 16, 2012, press release, “We consider climate change a critical issue in our own mission to protect the integrity of science education.” She added, “Climate affects everyone, and the decisions we make today will affect generations to come. We need to teach kids now about the realities of global warming and climate change, so that they’re prepared to make informed, intelligent decisions in the future.”

The response from the scientific and education communities has been enthusiastic. Alan I. Leshner, the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, commented, “AAAS has long admired the NCSE’s efforts to protect the integrity of science. We are delighted to see the Center expand its activities to ensure that climate science is appropriately taught in our nation’s schools.” And Francis Eberle, the executive director of the National Science Teachers Association, added, “We applaud the NCSE for its efforts to promote the teaching of climate change in our nation’s classrooms.”

Included in the climate change initiative is a new area of NCSE’s website devoted to climate change education, with sections on “Climate Change 101,” “Teaching about Climate Change,” “Climate Change Denial,” and “Taking Action.” During the week of January 16, 2012, NCSE will emphasize various aspects of the new initiative through a series of stories on its website, excerpts from recent books on climate change and controversies surrounding climate change, and videos on its YouTube channel — so stay tuned!

For Monday, January 16, there is a press release about the initiative and a statement describing the initiative’s mission, a sample chapter (PDF) from Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway’s Merchants of Doubt, and a video: “NCSE tackles global warming”. Coverage in the press of the initiative so far includes the Guardian (January 13, 2012) and the Los Angeles Times (January 16, 2012). Additionally, NCSE’s Scott discusses the climate change initiative with the Lab Out Loud podcast (January 16, 2012).

^ back to top ^

TwitterFacebook

Turn off all ads for a full year by subscribing!
For about 33 cents a day (per month) or 22 cents a day (per year), our subscription option turns off all advertisements at LGF!
Read more...

► LGF Headlines

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Articles

  • Loading...

► Tweeted Pages

  • Loading...

► Top 10 Comments

  • Loading...

► Bottom Comments

  • Loading...

► Recent Comments

  • Loading...

► Tools/Info

► Tag Cloud

► Contact

You must have Javascript enabled to use the contact form.
Your email:

Subject:

Message:


Messages may be published unless you request otherwise.
Tech Note:
Using the Contact Form
LGF Pages

This button leads to the main index of LGF Pages, our user-submitted articles. You can post your own LGF Pages simply by registering a free account with us.

Create a Page

This is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.

Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.

Last updated: 2014-03-07 2:19 pm PST

LGF User's Guide
Recent Pages
Randall Gross
NASA Ready to Launch ISS-RapidScat on Saturday, September 20th
The fourth SpaceX cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) under NASA's Commercial Resupply Services contract, carrying the ISS-RapidScat scatterometer instrument designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, is scheduled to launch Saturday, September 20th, ...

5 minutes ago
Views: 36 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
FemNaziBitch
Executive Office Gets Serious About Sexual Assault
"Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out there who has ever been assaulted: you are not alone. We have your back. I've got your back." President Barack Obama, January 22, 2014 More: Not Alone Letter ...

19 hours, 45 minutes ago
Views: 161 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 5 • Rating: 5
The War TARDIS
Doctor Who “Listen” Open Thread
I'm back. Last week, I couldn't do this thread, as something more important was going on. One of my best friends, a sweet, and very devout Christian, is going to the UK to help a Christian Group in Oxford, and ...

1 day, 10 hours ago
Views: 166 • Comments: 40
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 2
Rightwingconspirator
Are Higher Frame Rates Really a Better Moving Image in Cinema?
As a guy who scratches the surface of this medium with humble indy efforts and some industrial video experience I have to watch carefully. If I commit to the wrong camera or format, it can hurt financially. Once I had ...

2 days, 13 hours ago
Views: 350 • Comments: 6
Tweets: 25 • Rating: 6
Slap
For guitar fans…
I suppose one needs to be a guitar freak of a certain age to recognize both of these guys. Gabrels' work might be familiar to fans of Bowie/Tin Machine. Nelson's work? I believe him to be one of the most ...

2 days, 15 hours ago
Views: 207 • Comments: 1
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 1
GlutenFreeJesus
Check your gmail accounts!
Here's the link to the tool. One of mine was on that list, so I changed the password. Good luck! isleaked.com

4 days, 7 hours ago
Views: 411 • Comments: 2
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 7
I Stand With Big Sodomy!
French speaking tourists wanted for luring, kicking squirrel into Grand Canyon
Needless to say the little guy didn't make it. The tourists are described as two French-speaking men, wearing only cowboy hats and boxer shorts. Story

4 days, 12 hours ago
Views: 531 • Comments: 6
Tweets: 1 • Rating: 6
CriticalDragon1177
Ars Technica - Tasmanian depths may have been hiding unknown animal phylum
As John Timmer at Ars Technica points out, we may have found not only a new species, but a brand new type of animal! This is big news for the science of biology, and zoology in particular! Over the past ...

5 days, 10 hours ago
Views: 391 • Comments: 2
Tweets: 3 • Rating: 0
danarchy
Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls
Weird stuff. Interceptors vary widely in expense and sophistication - but in a nutshell, they are radio-equipped computers with software that can use arcane cellular network protocols and defeat the onboard encryption. Whether your phone uses Android or iOS, it ...

5 days, 12 hours ago
Views: 297 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 3
rhit
Social Media to Combat ISIS
The new ISIS bucket challenge. I think perhaps if I had done it better it could take off. Thoughts ?

6 days, 3 hours ago
Views: 188 • Comments: 0
Tweets: 0 • Rating: 0
 Frank says:

It has never mattered to me that thirty million people might think I'm wrong. The number of people who thought Hitler was right did not make him right... Why do you necessarily have to be wrong jus because a few million people think you are? -- Why they don't play my stuff on the radio
From the Real Frank Zappa Book (1989 Poseidon Press)