Science education group decides it’s time to tackle climate change

The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has long been in the forefront of the battle to keep superstitious creationism out of the public school curriculum. They are now taking on climate change. John Timmer at Ars Technica has the scoop.

Should the sciences make common cause here?

Could we just leave climate change out of the high school curriculum altogether? The thought occurs to me. To some extent that is no longer possible. Kids will ask questions. They need reliable answers. Consequently, we need to fight to make the truth more visible to them, and to make the nature of the lies more visible to them.

But maybe it should not be part of the formal training sequence in science, yet. It’s not exactly a bedrock principle from the point of view of science. To teach it to kids may contribute to the confusion between legalistic argumentation and scientific argumentation; that is, to further obfuscate the nature of objectivity.

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