Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted Common Core science lessons that critics say will indoctrinate young children on climate change.
Here are the states that have signed on to the Next Generation of Science Standards:
The Wall Street Journal reports:
While publicly billed as the result of a state-led process, the new science standards rely on a framework developed by the Washington, D.C.-based National Research Council. That is the research arm of the National Academy of Sciences that works closely with the federal government on most scientific matters.
All of the National Research Council’s work around global warming proceeds from the initial premise of its 2011 report, “America’s Climate Choices” which states that “climate change is already occurring, is based largely on human activities, and is supported by multiple lines of scientific evidence.” From the council’s perspective, the science of climate change has already been settled. Not surprisingly, global climate change is one of the disciplinary core ideas embedded in the Next Generation of Science Standards, making it required learning for students in grade, middle and high school.
Brian Kilmeade discussed the new developments with James Taylor, senior fellow for environment and energy policy at The Heartland Institute.
Taylor said the issue is that these guidelines push only one side of the climate change argument and don't provide necessary context.
For instance, elementary school students are taught that rising global temperatures will affect the lives of all humans. By eighth grade, students learn that greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels are a major factor in global warming.
Watch the full discussion above.