Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gore's pseudo-science now unsafe in Texas schools?

"In all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations so as to encourage critical thinking by the students." - new science TEKS standard guidelines.
Ken Mercer, SBOE board member says: "Friday morning, my fellow conservative board member, Cynthia Dunbar (R- Richmond), proposed a final amendment to the language [shown above]. The majority of the Board united behind the amendment and voted 13-2 to pass the final TEKS language regarding science curriculum."

And why not. This compromise language was an 'evolution' from a previous standard of 'strengths and weaknesses' that was a lightning rod in the evolution versus Intelligent Design/creationism debate. It has (I hope) diffused that debate somewhat. Schoolchildren in Texas are taught evolution and not creationism, and it's taught as a scientific theory.

But the possibility now exists for all fields of science to be subject to the same scrutiny. Cool. Ontario public schools have been given Gore's Inconvenient Truth, a mockumentary that is riddled with falsehoods. The Globaloney Warming nonsense Gore spouts is creeping into US public schools as part of liberal indoctrination in US public schools. It will have a much rougher go of it when they try to peddle it in Texas public schools, thanks to Cynthia Dunbar and the SBOE for (perhaps accidently) giving us a tool to fight Global Warming Alarmist pseudo-science. If Gore's garbage pops up, we can respond with and permitting analysis from Lindzen's empirical evidence and Climate Audit's critiques to point out the holes in Gore's Globaloney alarmism.

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