Climate change deniers want time in science class
The Kansas City Star
Once again, an attempt is being made to inject politics into Kansas science lessons. House Bill 2306 would “encourage” science teachers to teach controversial topics in “an objective manner in which both the strengths and weaknesses of such scientific theory or hypothesis are covered.”
The bill cites only one controversy: climate science.
I’m sure Kansas science teachers have no problem noting that climate science is politically controversial. But the strength of the theory that human activities are wreaking havoc on the planet is increasing by the day, whereas doubters have been unable to mount a plausible argument that mainstream climate science is false. Rather, they have proposed an alternate theory and proclaimed it on equal footing with meticulously drawn models showing evidence of man-made climate change.
House Bill 2306, which is being considered by the House education committee, attempts to inject a political controversy into science classes, under the guise of “assisting student in developing critical thinking skills to evaluate scientific theories or hypotheses,” as the bill states.
Any good science teacher already is encouraging critical thinking and healthy skepticism. Promoting denial is another matter.
Previous science controversies in Kansas have originated with the elected state Board of Education. This one began in the Legislature. Fortunately, the board, which is working on science standards, gets to call the shots.