Radical Environmentalism
in the American Education System

My son spent his first few years of school in the nearest public school, and a number of reasons led us to educate him at home for the 3rd through 12th grades.  One factor in our decision was the leftist propaganda that he was being taught, including the idea that he could "save the earth" by picking up litter in his spare time and avoiding the use of styrofoam.  That was only a small part of it, of course, and we figured the politically correct nonsense was bound to get worse – with later grades learning only the humanist side of evolution, environmentalism, animal rights, and birth control – and there was no point in sending him to school every day only to un-teach him at night, so we pulled him out of the public school system.

This page is about the specific issue of environmentalism in American schools.  It is my goal to provide enough anecdotal evidence to show that the schools are being used as more to indoctrinate kids than to give them the ability to make wise decisions and sort out truth from fiction.

This is a spin-off from the page about Liberalism and Political Correctness in schools.  You may also find interesting material on my page(s) about Environmentalism.



Why kids can't think.  Even though manipulated computer models and predictions of global warming/climate change have been demonstrated to be completely inaccurate, children are taught almost from the womb that the science is settled and anyone who questions the agenda is stupid and shouldn't be listened to.  No wonder they don't ask any questions.

Democrats Ask Teachers To Destroy Books Written By 'Climate Deniers'.  [Scroll down]  The best way to get adults to act like environmentalists is by brainwashing their children, according to research published by Oregon State University.  Talking to kids about global warming caused their parents to use less energy and act more like environmentalists.  The research was run on was run on 30 Girl Scout troops in northern California and had a "lasting impact on family energy consumption" for at least eight months after the end of the program.  Based on the study's success, the researchers are now disseminating the curriculum to Girl Scout leaders around the country and attempting to adapt it to other groups of kids, including schools and youth-focused organizations such as 4-H with the help of other universities, such as Stanford.  The research was financially supported by government grants.

New Climate Change Science Degree at LSC to Tackle Global Problem.  A new Bachelor of Science degree in Climate Change Science at Lyndon State College, to be launched this fall, will give students skills to confront the pervasive problems caused by global climate issues.  As the impacts of global warming grow and intensify, LSC is addressing a crucial need for trained professionals to find solutions to climate change challenges.

The Editor says...
If you believe "the impacts of global warming" are growing and intensifying, please tell me what those impacts are, since there hasn't been any global warming for the last 20 years.  And how do you suppose you'll make a living solving a problem that does not exist?  Sounds like a government job.

California Schools Cut Meat, Cheese From Lunches To Fight Global Warming.  Oakland schools partnered with the environmental group Friends of the Earth (FOE) to fight global warming by making student lunches climate-friendly.  FOE gave kids a lunch menu designed to eliminate foods it says are "unsustainable for our planet."  The new menu features far less meat and more plant-based food.  Any meat or cheese the school did use came from "pastured, organic dairy cows."  The student's lunch menu went from beef hot dogs and pepperoni pizza to vegan stir fry tofu and vegan tostadas.

The Editor says...
Remember this, kids:  If you eat meat, you'll cause global warming and ruin the earth.

Youth in Washington state sue government over climate change.  Eight children asked a state judge on Tuesday [11/22/2016] to find Washington in contempt for failing to adequately protect them and future generations from the harmful effects of climate change.  The petitioners asked the judge to require the state Department of Ecology to come up with science-based numeric emissions reductions.  The state argued that it has complied with the court's prior orders and there's no basis for finding the Department of Ecology in contempt.

The Editor says...
Examination of the facts in this case will show that the students have suffered no actual damages.  They perceive (incorrectly) there is a possibility and perhaps even a likelihood of future trouble as a result of "climate change."  But there has been no abnormal climate change, and there are no tanglible recently-erupted problems that can be uniquely blamed on the climate.  When people complain about frivolous lawsuits, this is what they're talking about.

Top University Stole Millions From Taxpayers By Faking Global Warming Research.  A global warming research center at the London School of Economics got millions of dollars from UK taxpayers by taking credit for research it didn't perform, an investigation by The Daily Mail revealed.  The UK government gave $11 million dollars to the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP) in exchange for research that the organization reportedly never actually did.  Many papers CCCEP claimed to have published to get government money weren't about global warming, were written before the organization was even founded, or were written by researchers unaffiliated with CCCEP.

EPA Spends $10.8 Million for Teacher Training on 'Environmental Education'.  The Environmental Protection Agency is spending over $10 million in taxpayer dollars for a five-year program to train teachers to "deliver high-quality environmental education in formal and non-formal education settings."  "Environmental educators help learners of all ages understand and value the ecosystems around them," said U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.  "The teacher training program gives educators access to the best classroom and out-of-classroom materials and professional development opportunities, focused on using the environment as a platform for learning science, technology, engineering and math skills to improve decision-making."

Bummer: 'Climate Change' To "Destroy Beautiful Sunsets.  From the press release about this taxpayer funded program[:] "Some students take photos of beautiful things such as sunsets or waterways and then write about how it could be lost or destroyed because of climate change."

No More Sunsets.  Adults aren't falling for climate change hysteria, so warmy alarmists are now appealing to their base: pre-teen children.

Climate change gloom lessons for kids.  Doomsday climate change lessons are being taught to children as young as eight who are concluding that human activity threatens to destroy beautiful sunsets and waterways.

University official wants answers on whether climate professors are 'indoctrinating' students.  The University of Colorado professors who shut down climate change debate in class have landed on the radar of a top school official, who says he wants to make sure students are being "educated, not indoctrinated."  John Carson, a member of the University of Colorado Board of Regents, said he plans to make inquires Thursday [9/1/2016] about an email from three University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professors who advised students to drop the class if they dispute climate change.  "I have a lot of questions after reading this reported email sent to students," Mr. Carson told The Washington Times.  "We should be encouraging debate and dialogue at the university, not discouraging or forbidding it.  Students deserve more respect than this.  They come to the university to be educated, not indoctrinated."

Professors advise students to drop class if they question climate change.  The professors, who are team-teaching the fall online course Medical Humanities in the Digital Age, issued the memo after some students expressed concerns about the first online lecture on climate change, according to the College Fix, which obtained a copy of the email.  "The point of departure for this course is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring," the professors said.  "We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the 'other side' of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course."

Professors tell students:  Drop class if you dispute man-made climate change.  Three professors co-teaching an online course called "Medical Humanities in the Digital Age" at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs recently told their students via email that man-made climate change is not open for debate, and those who think otherwise have no place in their course.  "The point of departure for this course is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring.  We will not, at any time, debate the science of climate change, nor will the 'other side' of the climate change debate be taught or discussed in this course," states the email, a copy of which was provided to The College Fix by a student in the course.

Inhofe: Kids are "brainwashed" into Worrying About Climate Change.  I have seen plenty of examples of children repeating harmful social conditioning — nonsense about not defending yourself against bullies, and of course, lessons about the alleged dangers of "climate change" — saying things like "if you drop any plastic on the ground the animals will die, it has to all go in the recycling".  For parents, trying to undo this damage is a nightmare.  If they push too far, and their child starts disagreeing in public with what is being taught, the child just receives more bullying to conform.  But doing nothing is also not an option.  The people who traumatise our children also publicly wonder why so many turn to drugs.  It should be obvious.  I mean, if authority figures convince a child the world is about to end, that it is all their parent's fault, that there is nothing they can do to avoid a horrible death, what do you say to those same children, to convince them to do their homework?  Not every teacher is participating in this harmful brainwashing — according to a recent study, many teachers are courageously risking their careers and livelihoods to try to lead the children in their charge towards a more balanced view of the world.

Science Teachers Giving Unbalanced Education on Climate Change.  A nationwide survey of 1,500 U.S. middle and high school science teachers, conducted by the National Center for Science Education and published in the February 12 issue of Science, found half of the teachers who discuss climate change in the classroom ignore evidence of the role of natural factors. [...] Jane Shaw, former president and current board member of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy, says the study's authors are the ones getting the science wrong.  "The survey's authors assume humans 'are causing' climate change, as though that were the only cause," said Shaw.  "That assumption is not scientific at all.  Humans may be contributing, but [they are] exclusively causing it?  That's ridiculous."  Shaw says teachers should teach the truth, not worry about sending mixed messages.  "Equally bad is the claim teachers should shave the truth in order to avoid sending 'mixed messages' to middle school and high school students," said Shaw.  "Telling the truth is bad because it sends 'mixed messages?'  That's a horrifying claim."

Promoting Climate Propaganda in Public Education:  Marx and Engels Would Be Proud.  The founders of "public" schooling in America, working even before the 1848 release of the Communist Manifesto, knew precisely why they wanted to replace the private, locally controlled, mostly church-run schools that dominated education in America with government-run schools:  to "socialize" American youth, that is, to make them fit to function as unquestioning cogs in the socialist machine.  In keeping with this tradition, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) has introduced a bill to "authorize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to establish a Climate Change Education Program."  The bill asserts as grounds for creating this program that Congress "finds" six things, each of which is open to significant debate as to its fact or its significance:  [For example,] "the evidence for human-induced climate change is overwhelming and undeniable" — Implicit in these seemingly innocuous words, but made clear by some that follow, is the assumption that the human-induced climate change for which the evidence is "overwhelming and undeniable" is reasonable grounds for "fear" and a "sense of helplessness" and that its "impact on the environment" must be "reduce[d]."

Academics: Nature Needs Seats At UN And 'Crimes Against Biodiversity'.  The best way to fix global warming is to punish "crimes against biodiverstiy," and give 25 seats at the United Nations (U.N.) to nature, according to an academic article published Thursday [6/30/2016].  The article, written by Anthony Burke and Stefanie Fishel, professors who study international relations and gender studies respectively, concludes massively empowering the U.N. is the best way to slow global warming.

The Editor says...
The best way to "slow global warming" is to do nothing, inasmuch as global warming has already slowed or stopped, all by itself.

Green Indoctrination at School.  [Scroll down]  Maryland was ahead of the curve when, in 2011, it was the first state under Common Core to require something called 'environmental literacy' in order to graduate from high school.  The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) approved by the Kentucky Board of Education (BOE), and likely to be adopted in many other states, revolutionizes the classroom landscape for millions of students.  Like Common Core it recommends that educators identify global warming as a core concept and stress the relationship between global warming and human activity.  That is ironic because the consensus is that there has been no global warming for (aside from the current short-term rise driven by a super-El Niño this year).  Nevertheless, many textbook publishers are incorporating NGSS standards that insist unabated global warming is accelerating and is unquestionably caused by human CO2 emissions.

Kerry Tells Students Why SecState in Age of Terrorism is Focused on the Oceans.  Secretary of State John Kerry told high school students on Wednesday [6/1/2016] that "your parents' money is going to pay for the harder impact of storms that we're suffering — much more damage than ever before as a result of the intensity of the storms that we suffer because of climate change."  Speaking to students at Montgomery Blair H.S. in Silver Spring, Maryland on Wednesday [6/1/2016], Kerry also answered his own question — "Why is the Secretary of State of the United States of America, in an age where we have terrorism and we have several wars going on at the same time — why are we focused on the oceans, and what does that have to do with my life every single day?" — by telling the youngsters that "the oceans are essential to your life."

U.N. Chief's Message to Graduates:  Don't Vote for Climate-Change Deniers.  After receiving an honorary doctorate of laws from the university, Ban told the crowd that April marked the seventh straight month of the "hottest global temperatures on record," and he said students must help bring the Paris climate agreement to life:  "Don't vote for politicians who deny the problem," he said.  "Don't buy products that aren't sustainable.  And for heaven's sake, turn off the lights!"

UMass Divests From Fossil Fuel Industry That 'Perpetuates Injustice'.  The winters are cold in Amherst, Massachusetts, where the state university relies on a modern central heating plant that burns natural gas most of the time, switching to fuel oil when gas is not available.  But no matter.  Now that spring is here, the heat is coming from students who are horrified at the university's financial investments in fossil fuels.  Following protests (and student arrests) last month, the UMass System announced on Wednesday [5/25/2016] that it is the first major public university in the United States to fully divest from the fossil fuel industry.

Portland public schools ban textbooks that cast doubt on climate change.  The Portland Public Schools board voted last week to ban any materials that cast doubt on climate change, the Portland Tribune reported.  According to the resolution passed May 17, the school district must remove any textbooks and other materials that suggest climate change is not occurring or that says human beings are not responsible for it.

Dissent is Forbidden:  Portland Crackpots Ban 'Climate Change-Denying' Material in Schools.  The science is settled, so we must eliminate anything that questions the junk science! [...] We're wondering if in this school's health class they're teaching about the undeniable science that boys are boys and girls are girls?

Portland school board bans climate change-denying materials.  In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.  "It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis," said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony.  "Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world."  The resolution passed Tuesday evening [5/17/2016] calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible.  The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develop an implementation plan for "curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools."

Bill Nye Is A Huckster.  Bill Nye fashions himself a voice of rational thought and scientific inquiry.  His shtick has gotten him into classrooms and on an endless loop of evangelizing TV appearances.  Yet nearly every time he speaks these days, Nye diminishes genuine science by resorting to scaremonger-y nuggets of easily dismissible ideologically-motivated nonsense.

Many Science Teachers Not Stampeded into Climate Alarmism.  It seems a national teacher survey of 1,500 middle and high school science teachers, representing all 50 states, conducted by the National Center for Science Education and published in the journal Science, found just half of teachers discussing climate change in the classroom have drunk the alarmists' Kool-Aid and are brainwashing students to believe humans are causing catastrophic climate change.  Approximately 75 percent of science teachers reported they discuss global warming in the classroom, typically for less than an hour or two over the course of an academic year.  Of those who do, just over half push the alarmists' line that 97 percent of scientists have determined human fossil fuel use is causing catastrophic climate change.  About 30 percent of science teachers who discuss climate change say humans may be partly to blame, but natural factors also play a role.  Approximately 10 percent of science teachers deny humans play any role in climate change, and about 5 percent of those who discuss climate change in the classroom don't discuss causes at all.

A Retrospective on the Obama Years.  [Scroll down]  College professors who challenge the concept of manmade global warming put their careers at risk.  Recall the ranking Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee who initiated an "investigation" of climate scientists and professors, and expressed contrarian views by sending letters of inquiry to their respective university presidents.  Likewise, politicians who question the (often subjective) science become the targets of hostile media types.  When inappropriate data manipulation by climate scientists is exposed, the story dies.  And the president of the United States is fond of ostracizing those who challenge the science or one of his regulatory remedies. [...] Suffice to say that climate politics is a perfect vehicle for the anti-growth, limited-horizon policies of the left.  After all, slower growth necessarily follows unilateral disarmament on fossil fuels.

EPA Boss Urges School Kids to "Bug" Parents on Green Agenda.  In a new propaganda talk presented in classrooms across America, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) boss Gina McCarthy (shown) urged school children to become part of the "climate solution," take a government "pledge," and even "bug" their families to jump on the Obama administration's "green" bandwagon.  If those students enjoy math and numbers, the top environmental bureaucrat said she wants them to go work for the EPA — so they can help calculate the "carbon footprint" of Americans.  "We have lots of people working here that do that type of work," McCarthy explained.  The bizarre EPA climate propaganda in the classroom meshes well with Education Secretary Arne Duncan's repeated pledges to transform American school children into "green" and "global" citizens ready for "green jobs" in the new, "sustainable" world order.  Critics of McCarthy's antics, however, were not amused, with one equating the EPA intrusion to Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin's tactics.

Alabama will require students to learn about evolution, climate change.  Educators say the new rules — part of a major change that includes more experimentation and hands-on instruction and less lecturing — don't require that students believe in evolution or accept the idea that climate is changing globally.  But public school students will be required for the first time to understand the theory of evolution.  And teachers will be required to address climate change, which wasn't a focus the last time the state set science standards in 2005.

Climate Compulsions.  A characteristic craving of academics, more important than even sex, is lust for money and status.  The two are interchangeable in the academic world, at least in the part of the academic world ruled by research grants.  Academics deeply feel that their importance is undervalued, a condition that makes them easily manipulated by money and attention, and deeply subservient to the authorities that dispense those commodities.  Since nowadays almost all the money comes from the government, academics are not interested in criticizing the government and most especially are not interested in criticizing the agencies that allocate the money. [...] Professors in climate change disciplines toe the party line on global warming catastrophism, not because they suffer from any pathology, but because it is a professional obligation.  Global warming theory brings billions of dollars a year to academia.  So it is something very serious.  The scientific societies, being similar to labor unions, enthusiastically support this theory that provides a generous flow of cash.

Common Core nightmare in science: Climate change indoctrination hits 13 states.  Several U.S. states are noticing a troubling thread in Common Core science lessons:  an attempt to convince students that climate change is real.  Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have now signed on to Common Core's Next Generation of Science Standards, according to Fox News.  And tucked inside the new guidelines is global warming-speak with definitive ties to the U.S. government.

Students using their feet to power their school.  Step by step, students at an Indiana high school are helping power their building just by walking.  Special tiles along the hallway floor convert the kinetic energy of the youngsters' footfalls into a sustainable energy source.

The Editor says...
It might be a "sustainable" energy source, as long as the kids are walking up and down the hallways.  What happens when they're all in class, as they should be?  Do the lights go out?

EPA Tells Kids to Avoid Baths and Asks Them to Check Toilets for Leaks.  Parents across America who struggle to keep their young rambunctious kids clean now have a new obstacle:  the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  As part of its effort to help save the planet from the dangers of taking too many baths, the EPA's WaterSense program is trying to convince kids they should avoid bathtubs in favor of showers, which it says is a far more efficient use of water.

Colleges' Obsession With 'Sustainability' Is Unsustainable.  The sustainability movement on college campuses across the country is not merely the work of a bunch of wacky students doing the harmless things that kids grow out of.  It "distorts college curricula and cuts off free inquiry on important questions," said a new study from the National Association of Scholars.  Sustainability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism begins with the explanation, "'Sustainability' is a key idea on college campuses in the United States and the rest of the Western world."  And while it might seem like "just a new name for environmentalism," it "really marks out a new and larger ideological territory in which curtailing economic, political and intellectual liberty is the price that must be paid now to ensure the welfare of future generations."

Wyoming Now to Indoctrinate School Kids in Global Warming.  Wyoming may become the first state to force global warming on kids as part of a state enforced grade school curriculum.  Worse, it is a Republican Governor who is signing the bill.  In fact, the bill Republican Governor Matt Mead just signed a bill that re-instates the Common Core-styled state education standards that are falling out of favor everywhere else in the country.  The re-instated standards maintain that global warming is real and caused by human activity.

Texas School Books Attacked by Lobbying Group.  Environmental lobbyists are trying to censor the portrayal of climate science in textbooks being considered for adoption by the Texas Board of Education.  The TBOE is in the midst of approving new social studies textbooks for the first time in 12 years.  The books could be used in schools for more than a decade.  As Texas is a huge market for textbook publishers, when the TBOE adopts a textbook, many school districts across the nation follow. [...] For instance, one proposed textbook states, "Some scientists say it is natural for the Earth's temperature to be higher for a few years," and, "They predict we'll have some cooler years and things will even out."  The NCSE says it knows of no publishing climate scientist who holds that view.

The real sea change should occur on campus.  Recently, several liberal professors visited Gov. Rick Scott to brief him on the "closed" science of global warming.  Never mind that many scientists will tell you that science is never closed or settled.  These professors — like many in the media, academia and in Hollywood — will continue to scream the sky is falling until they force more polluters out of business and cause the loss of more American jobs.  Should you be one of those scientists who dares to question global warming, you stand the chance — like Galileo and Copernicus when they went against the settled science of the Church and were branded heretics — of paying a price that could range from ridicule and censorship to the loss of your career.

EPA chief: Teach climate change in schools.  Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Gina McCarthy said students should be taught the science behind climate change in schools.  "I think part of the challenge of explaining climate change is that it requires a level of science and a level of forward thinking and you've got to teach that to kids," McCarthy said in an interview with the magazine Irish American published Friday [8/8/2014].

Nation's Schools Targeted with Mythical Alarmist 'Consensus' Program.  The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a nonprofit group described as a watchdog over the education of the nation's children. [...] NCSE's supporters see it as an organization that protects science from the attack of ignorant, religious, countrified yahoos and bumpkins.  Its detractors see it as a campaign to stifle the free and open debate that is critical to a free society and that is a necessary condition for scientific progress.  Critics believe that, by seeking to put a lid on scientific controversies, NCSE actually serves as an impediment to science education — such that many school systems and individual teachers refrain from teaching about the topics extensively, or avoid the topics entirely, in order to avoid the wrath of "consensus" enforcers.  As a result, the nation's schoolchildren learn neither the facts underlying the theories and counter-theories, nor the reasoning processes by which real science separates fact from fiction.

Student Lunches Soon Could Be Influenced By Climate Change Concerns.  There's no place in the Dietary Guidelines for a politically extreme environmental agenda, or for that matter any other non-nutritional agenda.  The Guidelines are promoted as providing authoritative nutritional advice — it's deceptive and dangerous to provide Americans nutritional advice knowing that it isn't based solely on their nutritional needs and instead driven by politics.  It's even worse for the government to develop food programs, such as those to feed school children, based on dubious, politicized recommendations.  Human nutritional interests and political environmental agendas are completely unrelated.  Developing legitimate nutritional guidelines therefore becomes an impossible task.

Educators Want to Focus More on Junk Science.  Educators have called for national teaching guidelines for science in schools around the nation — and they called for the curriculum for Middle Schools to focus more on the junk sciences like Evolution and Global Warming.  They felt that the nation's schools now focus too much on hard science like Chemistry, Biology and Physics.  Educators felt that other countries such as Germany and Japan have those things covered and there really isn't any money in those types of things.  Plus they require higher math skills and IQ levels that we just don't see in America.

Feds Paid $4.9 Million to Create Hypothetical Utopian Climate Change Future.  The National Science Foundation (NSF) gave nearly $5 million to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to create scenarios based on America's actions on climate change, including a utopian future where everyone rides a bike and courts forcibly take property from the wealthy.  The government has awarded $4,911,961 for the project, which is slated to run until March 2016 and for which the school has created a website suggesting different possibilities of what Yahara, a Wisconsin watershed, will be like in 2070.  In the scenario where Americans "shift our values," people live in hippie-like communes after "youth culture" convinces the world to give up their cars and eat vegetarian.

'Why my daughter doesn't recycle': an economics professor's letter to his child's teacher.  A US economics professor has published the letter he wrote to his daughter's schoolteacher explaining why he doesn't want his girl indoctrinated in the green religion.  Steven Landsburg, a professor at Rochester, NY, included it as part of a longer essay in which he calls environmentalism a "coercive ideology" targeted specifically at children.

The Science of Economics Versus the Religion of Ecology.  I'd heard some of this from my daughter before and had gotten used to the idea that she needed a little deprogramming from time to time.  But as I listened to the rote repetition of a political agenda from children not old enough to read, I decided it was time for a word with the teacher.

23 Global Warming & Climate Change Stories All Americans Should Read Before Earth Day.  [This article includes] 23 news stories from a variety of sources that everyone should consider before the avalanche of "go green" stories that will be unveiled on Earth Day — in the media and in our kids' schools.  Whether or not one wants to promote the perfectly fine goal of fostering a better environment and leaving a cleaner planet for one's children, that should not be carried out on the basis of disinformation, hysteria, or hidden political agendas.

Science and Panic.  Given what was taught in high school, at this point in time, the gas pumps should be empty, our boilers without coal, O-zone nowhere, skin cancer everywhere, and the Midwest a desert covered in trash.  If what my parents were taught was true, the Midwest should be a glacier covered in trash.  My eyes were opened when I learned environmental science from a real environmental scientist.  During my graduate years, my department invited many climatologists to present their research.  Not one of them showed anything to demonstrate that the Earth had warmed, nor did any claim it had.

Climate Lessons.  A blog sharing information about materials presented to children on climate, highlighting those intended to frighten or mislead, and those which seek to inform and inspire rather than to recruit, even the very young, for an ill-founded political campaign around the threat of CAGW.  A campaign which is irresponsible, destructive, divisive, and degrading.

The Editor says...
I presume and surmise that CAGW, in this case, stands for catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.

Schoolchildren terrorized and brainwashed by green propaganda says survey.  British schoolchildren are being brainwashed by a deep green environmental curriculum which fills their heads with "confusion, ignorance and fear", says a new study by the Global Warming Policy Foundation.  The report, by science writer Andrew Montford and statistician John Shade, finds that "eco-activism" has been given free rein within schools for at least three decades.  Children are being encouraged to become "little political activists" with a duty to "save the planet" not least by putting pressure on their parents.

How Climate Change Conquered the American Campus.  While many parts of the U.S. economy struggle to recover from the Great Recession of 2008-09, one domestic industry is experiencing a technology-driven expansion in which American innovations have led to countless new company startups, a surge in hiring and some of the highest-paying entry-level jobs for graduating college seniors.  How are the nation's universities responding so students might prepare for a promising career in this growing and intellectually challenging field?  By largely ignoring it.  Why?  Because the industry is oil and gas.

EPA Video Contest Teaches Budding Child-Activists to Worry About 'Climate Change'.  The Environmental Protection Agency is co-sponsoring a "climate change video contest" that asks students, ages 11-14:  "Why do you care about climate change?" And:  "How are you reducing carbon pollution or preparing for the impacts of climate change?"  Students are advised to "be cool" and "be creative" in explaining "how climate change affects you, your family, friends, and community, now or in the future" — and what they are doing to "prepare for a changing climate."  The Obama administration frequently uses video contests or "challenges" to advance its liberal viewpoint on a variety of issues, and this is no exception.

Global warming will kill us all, warns Common Core-aligned homework.  Fifth grade students at Fremont Elementary School in Colorado were assigned a reading passage that describes global warming as a dangerous, man-made phenomenon that will destroy civilization in a few hundred years.  The reading assignment was found inside a workbook aligned with the controversial national Common Core curriculum guidelines, and was titled "Homework from the Future."  It tells the fictional story of a visitor to the year 2512 who discovers that the eastern United States is under water and the country's population greatly reduced, all thanks to man-made global warming.

More about Common Core.

US citizens pay for 'solar school' foolishness.  Solar systems are being installed at hundreds of schools across the United States.  Educators use solar panels to teach students about the "miracle" of energy sourced from the sun.  But a closer look at these projects shows poor economics and a big bill for citizens.  Earlier this month, the National Resources Defense Fund (NRDC) launched its "Solar Schools" campaign, an effort to raise $54,000 to help "three to five to-be-determined schools move forward with solar rooftop projects."  The NRDC wants to "help every school in the country go solar."  The campaign uses a cute video featuring kids talking about how we're "polluting the Earth with gas and coal" and how we can save the planet with solar.

Orwellian high school preaches population control to students.  "It's up to you — no more than two."  This dystopian command was posted by staff inside an Indiana high school as a warning to students that if they grow up to have large families, they are contributing to overpopulation — a pseudoscientific hoax pushed by some liberals.  The message was posted on a banner above lockers at Northview High School in Brazil, Indiana.

Children are being taught "men cause climate change."  Not mankind in general, just men.
Indoctrination At Schools In Germany Reaches New Level.  The main message of the text is that men, with their macho lifestyles, produce far more CO2 than women and thus the planet is suffering because of it.  The text cites scientific studies (from women) and presents claims made by the studies as fact.

N.Y. professor suggests regulating air condition[ing] to cool global warming.  Since air conditioners were first put on the market in 1939, they've been part of everyday life in the American household, as well as at work, in the car or inside stores and restaurants.  Eric Klinenberg, professor of sociology at New York University wrote an opinion piece in Time magazine recently, pointing out that global energy consumption is soaring.  The expectation of air conditioning convenience is spreading to countries where American culture carries influence.

Critical Thinking about Climate Change.  As a life-long atmospheric and environmental scientist and long-time college-science educator, I am constantly bombarded with material from a variety of sources, including many environmental groups.  Take, for instance, what can be labeled "sales" literature that I recently received from the Environmental Defense Fund.

Global Warming Alarmism In Twilight.  The curtain is coming down rapidly on global warming alarmism, as evidence of the AGW theory's falsity accumulates on nearly a daily basis.  Of course, the global warming machine grinds on, like a dead frog whose legs are still kicking.  My 10th grade daughter had her last day of school yesterday.  A teacher gave her a sheet of instructions on how to lead a "green," low-carbon summer.  The sheet included suggestions like "hitchhike."  Great idea for a 16-year-old girl!  Also, don't have a baby over the summer.  Um, don't worry:  she wasn't planning to.  But not for reasons of climate control.

The Moment the Environmental Movement Changed.  In the summer between third and fourth grade, I attended a day camp at a "nature center" in our Chicago suburb — a large park with a lagoon, a hiking trail, and several fire pits.  The theme of the camp was learning about the wilderness — which meant, in essence, learning how to tame it.

We don't need no eco-propaganda.  Telling children that greenhouse-gas emissions will cause all coastal areas to be flooded and will fry millions of human beings isn't education — it's political propaganda. [...] Schooling is increasingly orientated towards addressing social, economic, environmental and political issues, such as inequality, allegedly declining self-esteem, cultural integration, happiness, and so on.

Windpower propaganda: At a School Near You?  Any parent involved with their children's homework or school knows that "green" is in.  But too often more than that, "green" notions are presented as self-evident truths where there should be critical thinking and discussion.  Also too often, federal and state funds are being dispensed to create the 'greenest' possible hearts and minds for tomorrow.  Such is the case with an industry that is economically useless and environmentally destructive:  industrial wind power.

Teaching climatism in schools: Next generation science standards.  Man-made global warming must be taught in our schools, according to the latest release of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  The January draft release of the NGSS by the National Research Council is a recommendation for concepts to be used by states in kindergarten through high school.  However, the recommendations are filled with ideology and unproven assumptions about climate change.

The Promise Of A Green Future Is More Than A White Lie.  Children and their mothers are victims of green propaganda, particularly through the schools.  Sadly, few people, including mothers, have any idea what is taught in the schools.  It is where the emotional blackmail of environmentalism is inculcated into society.  The message preached is that industry and development are the cause of most environmental and social problems.

Windpower Propaganda: At A School Near You?  Any parent involved with their children's homework or school knows that "green" is in.  But too often more than that, "green" notions are presented as self-evident truths where there should be critical thinking and discussion.  Also too often, federal and state funds are being dispensed to create the 'greenest' possible hearts and minds for tomorrow.  Such is the case with an industry that is economically useless and environmentally destructive:  industrial wind power.

The Green Ninja.  What, you might ask, is the Green Ninja?  It is an animated climate-action superhero aimed squarely at school children.  In other words, mind poisoning climate alarmist propaganda meant to indoctrinate children into the green belief system.  What's worse, it is being funded by US government grant money.  Not since communism has such a concerted effort been made to brainwash the young before they have a chance to learn how to think for themselves. [...] The project has received a $390,000 grant from NASA to support professional development for teachers, and $20,000 from PG&E to pilot an energy reduction contest for Santa Clara County middle schoolers.

Should Scientific Skepticism Be Kept Out of Public Schools?  PBS NewsHour and National Public Radio aired a segment last night [5/2/2012] on how public school teachers are becoming frustrated about students being skeptical of alarmist global warming claims.  The segment showed how government-funded programs are providing teachers with tools to fight scientific skepticism.

Toronto school gets serious about garbage.  At an "environmental extravaganza" Friday [4/27/2012], Mrs. Rego's class performed a play written by [Principal Roy] Fernandes and some of his students back in 2002, when he was a teacher.  An announcer, played by Alex Wang, introduced all the characters with pithy lines.  For example:  "She's powerful.  She's friendly.  She doesn't seem to want to get involved in this issue.  She's the government!"  At the end of the assembly, Fernandes gave an impassioned speech to an increasingly squirming and recess-ready audience that touched on reusable milk containers and the uselessness of gasoline receipts.

Obama Administration Honors 78 Schools for Educating 'Tomorrow's Environmental Leaders'.  The Obama administration on Monday [4/23/2012] recognized 78 schools across the nation for their efforts to promote a "green" environment — and train budding environmental activists for "jobs of the future."  "Science, environmental and outdoor education play a central role in providing children with a well-rounded education, helping prepare them for the jobs of the future," said U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan.  He schools that focus on the environment can help students build "real-world skillsets."

Oh, boy!  Green collar jobs for everyone!

Global Warming's Reckless Rhetoric.  An acclaimed environmental studies professor contends that those who do not believe that humans are causing global warming are mentally ill and need to be "treated," according to a recent story at American Thinker.  Keri Norgaard teaches at the University of Oregon and is the author of Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions and Everyday Life.  In her book she compares global warming skepticism to racism, arguing that there is a "cultural resistance" that keeps some people from acknowledging that humans are responsible for global warming.  This condition, she claims, "... must be recognized and treated" as an aberrant sociological behavior.

Heads Up, America: Time to Take Back Our Kids.  Fifty million babies have been aborted in America since Roe in 1973.  Wacko environmentalists believe that all life, from a puppy to a toad, is equal to human life.  Could abortion on demand and extreme environmentalism be contributing factors in our youth's lack of respect for human life?

Students rebel against Gorepaganda.  American kids are challenging teachers about the facts they present.  Oh no.  We cannot have students questioning their teachers.  Enter the liberal National Center for Science Education, a tax-exempt corporation based in Oakland, California, founded by Stanley Weinberg to defend evolution.  It has mission-crept into the teaching global warming.

Climate Change Doubts Heat Up the Classroom.  Teachers reportedly are getting push-back on middle and high school curricula that fuel the speculation that man is warming the planet.  Their frustration is almost worthy of a celebration.

Students rebel against Gorepaganda.  Actually, most Americans accepted climate change/global warming on face value 20 years ago.  Then came Climategate in 2009 which showed that far from being scientists, climatologists are propagandists who cherry-pick and manipulate data in concert with one another in order to push their agenda.

Heretics in the classroom.  In the last few years school boards and state legislatures in Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Tennessee have introduced a requirement that science teachers acknowledge in their classroom instruction that the theory of AGW isn't "settled" science and that climate skepticism is a valid scientific position.  Los Angeles Times reporter Neela Banerjee, who like so many MSM reporters starts with the assumption that AGW is an incontrovertible fact, and that skeptics are self-evidently wrong, opens her news report by begging the question with a false equivalence.

Scientists want climate change in young minds.  On Monday [1/16/2012], the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit group that denounces intelligent design and supports an evolution-only curriculum in the classroom, will expand its mission.  The organization of scientists, anthropologists and others is turning its attention to climate change, and it will mount an aggressive effort to teach the nation's schoolchildren that climate change is real and is being driven by human activity. ... [NCSE Executive Director Eugenie] Scott maintains that the NCSE won't advocate for teachers to push liberal policy solutions to climate change, but others fear that students will be targets of political indoctrination.

'How to get expelled': Climate sceptic recruits kids.  Former [Australian] Prime Minister John Howard has launched a controversial book teaching students to be climate change sceptics. ... The 250-page book includes a list of questions intended to embarrass poorly prepared teachers.  Questions include:  "Is climate change normal?" and "In the last 100 years, has there been global warming and global cooling?".

School turns heating off to 'save the planet'.  A Headteacher got a roasting yesterday [12/5/2011] for turning the school heating OFF on one of the coldest days of the year — to save the planet.  Pupils shivered in coats, hats and scarves as temperatures fell to just 1°C (34°F).  Head Rob Benzie switched off the radiators to show how the secondary school could cut its carbon footprint.

Obama Administration to Honor 'Green' Schools That Teach 'Environmental Literacy'.  Next year on Earth Day, the Obama administration plans to announce which U.S. schools have been selected as "Green Ribbon Schools," a designation that will "honor" schools for "creating healthy and sustainable learning environments" and for "teaching environmental literacy."  The Green Ribbon Schools program was announced in late April, but details on how schools will be picked or what the honor entails have not been released.

Eco-Radicalism 101: Capitalists Killing Mother Earth ... and Bambi.  Say goodbye to Mother Earth, kiddos! ... Well, if you're a toddler, chances are you've heard something to that effect from your Al Gore wannabe teacher.  It's eco-radicalism, and as Marybeth Hicks points out in her new book, children are the target.  "My daughter had to watch a movie called Human Footprint in her science class," says Marybeth.  "It should have been called the big bad evil anti-corporation, anti-capitalism footprint because that's what the movie was about."

Solar Energy School Propaganda 101.  The Obama administration's crony green subsidy scandal is erupting like a solar flare in Washington.  But do you know what your kids are learning in their environmental education classes about this red-hot taxpayer eco-scam?  Chances are:  not much.  Instead, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Democratic apparatchiks at the National Education Association are disseminating solar power propaganda masquerading as math and science curricula.

Global Warming Activist Teacher Takes Her Agenda to Truck Country.  Not only has [Jana] Dean crossed the line that separates teaching from propagandizing, but she spent almost a month's worth of class time on her global warming unit, with the grand result being a few recycling bins placed around the school and a "climate of concern" among students. ... That means in a nine-month school year, Dean only has eight months to teach the rest of the 8th grade science curriculum — the stuff that kids will actually be tested on.  It is clear that "teaching to the test" leaves less time for their social engineering lesson plans, which cramps the propagandists' style in a major way.

Green Brainwashing Now a High School Graduation Requirement in Maryland.  Maryland has become the first state in the country to require students to be "environmentally literate" in order to graduate from high school.  Today's [6/21/2011] vote by the Maryland board of education requires that students get a "comprehensive, multi-disciplinary environmental education" before receiving a diploma.

Maryland Adds Environmental Literacy in High Schools.  Maryland is the first state in the country to impose a new requirement to graduate from high school -- something called environmental literacy.  But what is that?

Federally Funded NASA 'Educates' Children About Global Warming on 'Climate Kids' Web Site.  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Web site network includes "Climate Kids:  NASA's Eyes on the Earth," which use cartoons, games, and other activities to teach children about man-made global warming and climate change.  According to NASA's budget request for fiscal year 2012, totaling $18.7 billion, the agency would dedicate $145.8 million to educational programs.  The "Climate Kids" site is supported through NASA's educational programs, according to a spokesman with the agency.

The hippie holiday.  Newsweek magazine dismissed the first Earth Day in 1970 as "a bizarre nationwide rain dance."  The only difference between then and now is that the rain dancers moved into the government and pushed their views on impressionable school children around the world.  The Environmental Protection Agency website encourages kids to "Join with other teens to green your energy scene," because nothing says "cool" quite like earning the EPA's coveted title of "Climate Ambassador."

"Sustainability" Isn't Sustainable.  A number of college and universities have introduced "Sustainability Studies."  Of course, "sustainability" is just another term for environmentalism, but it exposes the mentality of the environmental movement very well.  The idea is that unless we are forced use fewer resources, we will not be able to sustain our life on earth and humanity will disappear or at best face massive disaster. ... What sounds good, however, often is not, and "sustainability" has become yet another scam — yes, scam — the statists have foisted on people in the name of saving humanity and planet earth.

Why I Am a Global Warming Skeptic.  My three children attend the excellent public schools in our district.  As the two oldest children have made their way through middle school, though, I've been bothered by the rather flimsy instruction they've received on the subject of "global warming."  Despite widespread divergence among scientists and reports of questionable scholarship in landmark global warming studies, my children (and, presumably, their classmates and millions of other young students) have been taught a standard, one-sided view of "global warming."  Both my 14 year-old daughter and 11 year-old son have been shown Al Gore's movie An Inconvenient Truth in sixth grade, but have been given nothing to suggest that some of the information in the movie is either controversial or misleading.  So I've decided to put together this bullet point compendium of information discussing the current status of the "global warming" debate.

Boy Bagged For Taking Eco-Unfriendly Ziploc to School.  Isabel Theoret was preparing a sandwich for her 6-year-old son's Kindergarten class one day last week, when he screamed out, "No Mommy! Not a Ziploc!"  The child, who lives with his family in the town of Laval in Quebec, explained that his teacher would exclude him from a contest to win a stuffed teddy bear if he brought an environmentally unfriendly plastic baggie to school.

The Great 'Climate Change' Taxpayer Rip-Off of 2011.  Over at the National Science Foundation (NSF), its budget of $7.4 billion (that's a lot of science!) includes a request for $480 million for Atmospheric and Earth Sciences, $765.5 million for NSF's Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability program and $19 million for a joint program with DOE "to promote education in clean energy research.  An additional $10 million would fund "Climate Change Education" in the nation's schools.  It's not education, it's indoctrination.

The climate bugaboo is the strangest intellectual aberration of our age.  Perspective, the Olympian capacity to see events as they affect not just us and our mates but everyone, and not just in the excitement of the present but sub specie aeternitatis, in the long, calm, kindly shadow of eternity:  this has gone from what passes for education in the West.  The climate bugaboo, the strangest intellectual aberration of our age, rampages because in the me and now we have cast aside three once-universal forms of learning that gave us perspective: a Classical education, to remind us that in reason and logic there is a difference between true and false; a scientific education, to show us which is which; and a religious education, to teach us why the distinction matters.  With perspective, no one would waste a single second of his own time or a red cent of other people's money trying, Canute-like, to make "global warming" go away.

UCLA Fires Prof for Attacking Environmental Health Myths.  Dr. James Enstrom, a particle physicist and epidemiologist who has spent the past 34 years on the faculty at the UCLA School of Public Health, has been ordered to clear out his office after pointing out flaws in studies cited by the California Air Resources Board in support of new restrictions on particulate matter emissions.  The chair of the UCLA Department of Environmental Health Services explained Enstrom's termination in a letter claiming "the faculty of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences has determined your research is not aligned with the academic mission of the Department."  Enstrom's academic freedom has been under assault for many years, as his research falsifying the claims of environmental and human health alarmists has proven highly frustrating to activist faculty members.

EPA now funding propaganda videos telling kids juiceboxes are destroying the planet.  [Scroll down]  According to the [New York] Times, Young Rafael's class had just watched The Story of Stuff, an animated anti-capitalist diatribe by former Greenpeace employee Annie Leonard.  The program, which was financed in part by left-wing Tides Foundation, is big hit among among school teachers looking to beef up their schools' environmental curricula.  Leonard claims her video has been viewed by over three million people online, and some 7,000 copies of the DVD have been sold.  Another environmental group, Facing the Future, is working developing curricula designed around the program for schools in all 50 states.

Pushing Junk Science on Children.  Democrat Representative John Sarbanes of Maryland wants public schools to "get young people invested" in "climate change" and "population growth" in order to "[raise] awareness early" and "promote the agenda."  That would be the agenda of junk science alarmism.  Thank goodness for clarity, because until now, Americans were unaware that public schools are supposed to breed fanatics for ruling class politics.  Not only has Sarbanes advocated global warming indoctrination, but the congressman's remarks also seem to call for schools to push the debunked overpopulation myth popularized by Paul Ehrlich in his 1970 book, The Population Bomb.  Rachel Carson's DDT scare, acid rain, anti-nuclear power hysteria, the population bomb, and the global warming hoax — the world has been asked to prepare for one faux-disaster after another.

The £25,000 eco-classroom that can't be used.  Eco-campaigners who built a classroom powered by the sun believed they were paving the way for the future.  Instead they have been taught a valuable lesson — there is not enough sun in North London to sufficiently heat their building.  The much feted zero-carbon Living Ark classroom was opened three months ago to great fanfare.

U.S. Education Secretary Vows to Make American Children 'Good Environmental Citizens'.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan vowed on Tuesday [9/21/2010] that his department would work to make American children into "good environmental citizens" through federally subsidized school programs beginning as early as kindergarten that teach children about climate change and prepare them "to contribute to the workforce through green jobs."

'Avant-Garde Sustainability Curriculum' to Replace Three R's.  A recent Boston Globe story reveals the destructive effects that Al Gore and global warming activists are having on American education.  According to the story, ["A]fter a screening of "An Inconvenient Truth" three years ago, [students in the Youth Climate Action Network] started brainstorming ideas for transforming the nation's oldest public school into an energy-efficient building with an avant-garde sustainability curriculum.["]

Los Angeles school named after Al Gore.  Al Gore ... achieved a singular honor last week, becoming the first vice president to have a Los Angeles school named after him.  And, fittingly, the school will be devoted to environmental themes. ... The $75.5-million Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences will open Sept. 13 for about 675 students.  As he was with Bill Clinton (who has an L.A. middle school named after him), Gore is second on the ticket to Rachel Carson, the late author credited with helping launch the modern environmental movement.

Carson-Gore Academy of Environmental Sciences built on toxic soil.  Conservative corners of the Internet are buzzing over a Los Angeles school named after former Vice President Al Gore that was built on toxic soil and, some say, poses a health risk to students.

L.A.'s green schools:  Propane buses, solar panels and environmental education.  In March, hundreds of decades-old buses will be upgraded to less-polluting, more-energy-efficient propane models.  Eight schools, out of a planned 250, will have solar power installed.  Still others will be outfitted with "smart" irrigation systems to reduce the millions of gallons of imported water the district guzzles each day, more than half of which is used for outdoor watering.  "One of our goals is to be the No. 1 greenest school district in the country," said Yoli Flores Aguilar, an L.A. Board of Education member who co-sponsored the Green LAUSD resolution in 2007.

The Editor asks...
Why not try to achieve the highest graduation rate, or try to be the most economically efficient school district, or the safest school district in the country?  Not a chance?  Okay, perhaps becoming the "greenest" school district is their only achievable goal.

More about Spending More to Get Less.

Inconvenient Facts About Inconvenient Youth.  [Scroll down]  It's harmless stuff, except that these teens are getting a very one-sided version of a complicated issue.  After all, An Inconvenient Truth is hardly an unbiased documentary.  A judge in the United Kingdom found numerous, significant scientific errors in the film, including that it exaggerates even the most dire predictions about global warming's potential harm.  Yet most students have accepted Al Gore's perspective as undisputed fact:  one study reported that three in four kids think global warming is a "a threat to all life on the planet," and about two in three feel that global warming is "a threat to my future well-being and safety" and "feel afraid of what might happen."

Environmental Mush:  An Ethical Abyss.  Parents are often appalled to discover that their children's school books are full of misinformation or have an agenda that has little to do with the supposed subject.  The rise and the maintenance of the Green movement have a great deal to do with the infiltration of school systems and textbooks with often deliberately misleading information.  Many Green programs are aimed at the youth here and around the world.

Why I Am Enlarging My Carbon Footprint:  As a psychotherapist, I try my best to calm down my anxious clients.  But in this case, I inadvertently triggered a panic attack.  My twenty-something client Emma, a survivor of the Berkeley public schools, had a coughing fit during our session.  I helpfully got up to get her some water.  When I handed her a cup, she looked at it, incredulous.  Her voice quivering, she asked, "Is this Styrofoam?"  I said yes.  She stared at the cup, mesmerized by this forbidden fruit.  When she finally found her words, she said, "I've never seen Styrofoam before.  We learned in school that it kills baby birds."

Pay Attention Parents:  It's Almost Earth Day!  Few adults may know it, but kids across the country are about to celebrate a holiday:  Earth Day, which is April 22.  Schools will take a break from normal instruction to discuss the importance of preserving the environment.  That may sound like a harmless activity, but too often Earth Day becomes a platform for pushing an ideological brand of environmentalism.

Global Warming Goes to School.  A national campaign was launched today to get public schools that have shown Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" to give equal time to the opposing view of global warming.  The Independent Women's Forum ... hopes to have the 2009 documentary "Not Evil, Just Wrong" shown in classrooms around the country.  "Not Evil, Just Wrong" claims to expose erroneous claims about global warming.

Texas and the Textbook Alamo:  [Scroll down slowly]  Rather than majoring on the disciplines of biology or chemistry, science textbooks morphed into treatises for the environmental movement.  Since the '70s, American students have been deluged with politically correct concerns over population control, the rain forest and the ozone layer.  So, after a history of being taught the theory of evolution as fact, students are now besieged by so-called evidence of man made global warming.

UKIP would ban Al Gore film in schools.  Global warming 'propaganda' like the Al Gore film Inconvenient Truth will be banned in schools and public authorities will not be allowed to spend money on climate change initiatives.

Global Warming Update:  It's deeper than just money.  Schoolteachers have created polar-bear-dying lectures to frighten and indoctrinate our children when in fact there are more polar bears now than in 1950.  They've taught children about melting glaciers.  Just recently, the International Panel on Climate Change was forced to admit that their Himalayan glacier-melting fraud was done to "impact policy makers and politicians and encourage them to take some concrete action."

Get Global Warming Out of Our Schools.  Because of the recent revelations of "Climategate" (see source materials below) and my experience raising two children in private and public schools in California, I believe we need to start a nationwide campaign to get "global warming" immediately removed from the curriculum of our schools.  We cannot wait for politicians or activists to do any more damage to our future generation.  "Global warming" is not just an objectionable and discredited scientific theory.  Teachers are grafting the loony climate-change premise onto lifestyle, religion, and politics in "science" classrooms.  It cannot stand.

Climategate in the Classroom?  The mainstream media has for too long dominated the information being disseminated about global warming.  Some people have long-term loyalty to television news programs, newspapers, or magazines.  Any opinion that varies from their source is unacceptable.  Some people have been so completely indoctrinated with the climate catastrophe story, they can't stand to hear anything else.  For them my story of global warming will be met with closed doors and deaf ears.

Emails, schmeemails, look at the polar ice caps.  [Scroll down slowly]  The result is that you, the public, your children in school, are getting only half, or less than half, the picture:  the glass half-empty half.  The warming half.  In this way, the popularizers of man-caused global warming can tell the "truth" while presenting the bigger lie.  They tell only half the truth — the warming half.

Save the Planet by Banning Ice Cream.  It is disturbing how kids are being brainwashed into supporting global warming. ... Try telling kids to walk to school carrying their books and a reusable cloth sack full of raw vegetables for lunch — as opposed to riding on a bus, with a backpack, a cell phone, and an mp3 player, to a heated and cooled school that has a cafeteria — and see how eager they are to join the movement.

Teachers promoting environmental biases in classrooms.  My grandson is five years old.  After his second week in school, he asked his father what he was doing about global warming.  Think about that for a moment.  Does anyone believe that a five year old can even understand the controversy surrounding the science of global warming, let along question what he is being told?  Rather than teaching my grandson the knowledge he will need to succeed academically — analytical skills and open mindedness, among others — his teacher is spending time indoctrinating him with her beliefs on global warming.

Global warming propaganda infiltrates schools.  Scientists see no temperature increase (on average) in the oceans or on the surface of the Earth over the last decade.  That hasn't stopped an activist group from infiltrating high schools with the panicky message that we are on the verge of a "planetary emergency" due to global warming.  These alarmists are the recently formed Alliance for Climate Education, an Oakland, Calif., nonprofit created by wealthy wind energy entrepreneur Michael Haas.  The organization has targeted five metropolitan areas and now is opening a Washington office.

Sense and sustainability:  "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof," but you could have fooled the 648 college presidents who have signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) since 2006.  The earth is theirs, to make or break.

Stop scaring kids about global warming.  In the United States, the ABC television network recently reported that psychologists are starting to see more neuroses in people anxious about climate change.  An article in the Washington Post cited nine-year-old Alyssa, who cries about the possibility of mass animal extinctions from global warming.  In her words:  "I don't like global warming because it kills animals, and I like animals."  From a child who is yet to lose all her baby teeth:  "I worry about (global warming) because I don't want to die."  The newspaper also reported that parents are searching for "productive" outlets for their eight-year-olds' obsessions with dying polar bears.

Marketing Solar Panels to Fifth-Graders.  Employees of the Sharp Electronics Corporation were at Joyce Kilmer Elementary School in Mahwah, N.J., recently to teach a lesson on climate change and renewable energy.  The cartoon image of an ailing Earth — a thermometer sticking out of its mouth — was the opening slide in their presentation.

Can a sad polar bear make you turn off your lights?  Maybe a cute polar bear can do what all the good green intentions in the world can't: Get people to consistently conserve energy.  That's what Brooks School, a North Andover boarding school for grades 9-12, is counting on.  Instead of using graphs to show students how much energy they collectively use in each of the school's 10 dorms, a "bear-o-meter" displays the information on a public screen — with the bear's wellbeing tied to how well students are conserving.

Save The Children (From Global Warming Propaganda).  Green schooling was surreptitiously introduced years ago when teachers began espousing benign environmental distractions like "Earth Day."  But trendy nontoxic slogans like "reduce, reuse, recycle" eventually opened the door to the destructive propaganda of teaching Al Gore's scientifically-challenged movie in science classes.  Which soon facilitated a California Law mandating unbalanced Anthropogenic Global Warming (AGW) theories be included in public school curricula.  And that paved the way for today's second installment of a malignant little program cleverly crafted to indoctrinate our impressionable youth on a chillingly massive scale.

California State Senate Approves New Global Warming Curriculum.  The bill was controversial in the Senate because it simply requires "climate change" to be taught, without requiring balance between the positions of alarmists and skeptics.  "I find it disturbing that this mandate to teach this theory is not accompanied by a requirement that the discussion be science-based and include a critical analysis of all sides of the subject," state Sen. Tom McClintock (R-Thousand Oaks), said during the Senate debate, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

The Children, and the Alarmists' Strange Qualifications Game.  Alarmists constantly whine that eminent physicist Freeman Dyson and thousands of other scientists are simply unqualified (usually adding much worse things than that) to express their skepticism on climate alarmism, and yet frightened children who have been goaded into expressing their opinion are voices that the alarmists insist must be heard on this topic.

Globally Warm Schools:  As Global Warming becomes an issue in people's lives, it has also become part of school's curricula.  I recently learned that my boss's son had an assignment and quiz in his Spanish class on Global Warming.  In many of the questions students had to translate sentences from Spanish to English but with a Global Warming theme.  They even had to watch Al Gore's movie, "Inconvenient Truth," which has been a part of several school courses.

Obviously a public school student.
Climate change takes a mental toll.  Last year, an anxious, depressed 17-year-old boy was admitted to the psychiatric unit at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne.  He was refusing to drink water.  Worried about drought related to climate change, the young man was convinced that if he drank, millions of people would die.  The Australian doctors wrote the case up as the first known instance of "climate change delusion."

Letters from Sixth Grade Students Reveal Global Warming Indoctrination.  If you doubt some teachers are trying to brainwash schoolchildren with global warming alarmism, take a look inside the sixth grade classroom of teacher Michael Steria at David A. Brown Middle School in Wildomar, California.  Twenty-five sixth graders teamed up to write eight letters to The Heartland Institute describing what they had been taught about global warming.  Steria sent the letters to the institute in March.

Is classroom Global Warming preaching indoctrinating the next generation?  Do you know what your children are learning in school about climate change?  Have you ever looked at their textbooks?  Is it education or indoctrination?  How accurate are the facts?  How much is it an ideological or a political message?  Is it a balanced curriculum offering options or one imposing a singular view?  How much is fear the vehicle of indoctrination?

Do kids learn junk environmentalism in schools?  Johnny can't read, write or do math.  But he may know how to save the Earth.  Johnny knows about global warming, acid rain, nuclear power, deforestation, big oil and capitalism.  Johnny knows all this because his teachers have told him so.  And they got help from interest groups, the Environmental Protection Agency and green textbooks that purport to explain these Earth-in-the-balance issues.

Junk Science:  Why do teachers so often force-feed kids one-sided facts and theories about the world?  Wouldn't education be much more stimulating if schools focused on broad underlying debates, instead of assumed dogma?  For example, over the years my children have all gotten scary lectures on "global warming."  They learn that global temperatures could rise 5 to 10 degrees celsius in the next fifty years mostly because of burning fossil fuels.  Polar ice-caps could melt.  Oceans might flood coastal cities.  No wonder kids want to be tucked in at night!

Why is Public Education Failing?  Social, political, multicultural and especially environmental issues are rampant in the new math programs and textbooks.  One such math text is blatant.  Dispersed throughout the eighth grade textbooks are short, half page blocks of text under the heading "SAVE PLANT EARTH."  One of the sections describes the benefits of recycling aluminum cans and tells students, "how you can help."  In many of these textbooks there is literally no math.  Instead there are lessons asking children to list "threats to animals," including destruction of habitat, poisons and hunting.  The book contains short lessons in multiculturalism under the recurring heading "Cultural Kaleidoscope."

All Wet:  P.C. in the Heartland.  [Scroll down] A more egregious example is Application B on the same page, which instructs students to use what they've been taught "and other research, [to] write a letter to your legislator arguing against the sale of DDT to Third World countries when it is banned in the U.S."  This requirement is both stupid and cruel.  Malaria, which is transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes, is one of the worst scourges on the planet, particularly for the inhabitants of poor tropical countries.

Students Urged to Focus on Their 'Carbon Footprints'.  Attention, class: This is National Environmental Education Week, a time to actively engage K-12th grade students and teachers in "an inspired week of environmental learning" before Earth Day on April 22. … The theme of this year's Environmental Education Week is "carbon footprints."  The lessons and activities are "designed to infuse environmental education into everyday learning."

Bill would require California's science curriculum to cover climate change.  Reading, writing and … global warming?  A Silicon Valley lawmaker is gaining momentum with a bill that would require "climate change" to be among the science topics that all California public school students are taught.  The measure, by state Sen. Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, also would mandate that future science textbooks approved for California public schools include climate change.

Al Gore, the United Nations, and the Cult of Gaia (1999):  [Scroll down]  The concept [of Earth worship] is also being promoted in some schools.  Education analyst Eric Buehrer, president of Gateways to Better Education, says:  "The Gaia theory is another New Age idea that springs up every so often in science curriculum.  This is the idea that the Earth is a spiritual entity, that all life on the planet is part of that entity — like cells in a global brain.  For instance, I came across an outdoor activity in which children were taught that trees had spirits we could talk to.  At the top of the student worksheet the activity was titled 'We are one with nature.'"

Alaska Teachers Indoctrinated with Misleading Global Warming Materials.  Schoolteachers across Alaska are being fed exaggerated and false global warming alarmist materials to distribute to their students, thanks to the taxpayer-funded University of Alaska-Fairbanks.  This summer, approximately 60 teachers attended the university's Science Teacher Education Program, during which they were given global warming propaganda that has been thoroughly rejected by sound science.

The Global Warming Goons Want Your Little Ones.  I bet Jim Jones is tooling around hell right now green with envy over the mind manipulation the global warming greenies are wielding upon our culture. ... Here's the rationale behind their brainwashing our young 'uns:  A lot of thinking adults (as in the multiple millions) think that the greenies are pretty much off their rocker.  Since the greenies can't have us arrested (yet), they have decided to get their agenda going via our children, primarily through the agency of the public school system.

RI Students Must Watch 'Inconvenient Truth' to Graduate.  To receive a degree from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island, students are being forced to watch "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary on global warming produced by former Vice President Al Gore.  The science class requirement has prompted one conservative student to declare that "we should stop calling these schools 'bastions of knowledge' since they're really bastions of leftist thought."

Gore's Inconvenient Truth required classroom viewing?  First it was his world history class.  Then he saw it in his economics class.  And his world issues class.  And his environment class.  In total, 18-year-old McKenzie, a Northern Ontario high schooler, says he has had the film An Inconvenient Truth shown to him by four different teachers this year.  "I really don't understand why they keep showing it," says McKenzie (his parents asked that his last name not be used).

Public Schools are Not Accountable to Parents.  The past several decades have witnessed the systematic "dumbing down" of public education:  the curriculum got diluted with non-academic subjects and frivolous activities; proven methods for teaching reading, writing, math, science and reasoning got replaced with unproven, inferior methods; and objectivity got sacrificed to "political correctness" propaganda, such as socialism, environmentalism, multiculturalism and moral relativism.

Environmental Disinformation 101.  By every conceivable measure, the environment is getting better, not worse, with time but most college professors are reluctant to acknowledge the improvement, particularly on their own campuses.

Environmentalist Propaganda for KidsThe Future of the Earth may be the most insidious of all because its target audience is young people between the ages of 10 and 12, who are susceptible to big pictures, big print, and oversimplified concepts.  Young persons who have yet to grasp a significant perspective of our history can be easily taken in by the excellent prose and attractive pictures and drawings in this book.

America's pristine myth:  Next week my daughter will go back to elementary school, and I will be faced with a choice.  At some point the curriculum will cover the environment, and she'll be taught that before Europeans settled the Americas the Indians lived so lightly on the land that for all practical purposes the hemisphere was a wilderness.  The forests and plains, the teacher will explain, were crowded with bison, beaver, and deer; the rivers, with fish; flights of passenger pigeons darkened the skies.  The continent's few inhabitants walked beneath an endless forest of tall trees that had never been disturbed.

Earth Day Every Day
"Earth Day Every Day"  proclaims the official sign for Merrill Middle School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  The school [has an] apparent emphasis on environmental activism instead of academics.  Imagine what our kids could do and learn if every day was math day, history day, science day, and reading and writing day?


Photo courtesy of Jeff Lindsay, used with permission.


Talkin' Trash:  Two new reports charge that American school children are being manipulated and frightened by a steady stream of politically motivated educational materials that distort the facts about environmental issues.

Saving the Planet Without Scaring Kids to Death:  Parents need facts to counter environmental extremism in the classroom.

Colleges Foster Radical Environmentalism.  There is nothing wrong with studying ecology or how the environment works.  Thousands of students learn important scientific facts each day, which allows our nation to make technological advances.  There is a problem, however, when faculty use theories and propose solutions that are radical and unchallenged by alternative views.  Environmental studies coursework often lends itself to this type of unanswered, radical, progressive thought, much like women's studies, peace studies and postmodern studies.

UT professor says death is imminent.  A University of Texas professor says the Earth would be better off with 90 percent of the human population dead.  "Every one of you who gets to survive has to bury nine," Eric Pianka cautioned students and guests at St. Edward's University on Friday [3/31/2006].  Pianka's words are part of what he calls his "doomsday talk" — a 45-minute presentation outlining humanity's ecological misdeeds and Pianka's predictions about how nature, or perhaps humans themselves, will exterminate all but a fraction of civilization.

UTA Scientist wants 90% of you to die horribly.  Have you ever heard of Dr. Eric Pianka?  No?  Well you might want to learn a bit more about him.  Why?  Because he reportedly wants you to die.  Specifically he wants you to die of Ebola virus.  You might also be interested to know that he is the Denton Cooley Centennial Professor of Zoology at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Parents, Schools Urged to Create 'Eco-Conscious' Kids:  As a new school year begins, one environmental activist group is urging parents and schools to make concern for the environment part of the younger generation's mindset and "lifestyle."  For starters, kids should use "post-consumer, recycled" notebook paper and cedar pencils — and they should know why they're doing it.

 Editor's Note:   The story above is an example of a government school being used for leftist indoctrination instead of education.  If the curriculum included more of the basics — reading, writing and responsible citizenship — with less emphasis on environmentalist propaganda, we would all benefit.

Paul Bunyan Meets Sierra Sue Happy and the Democrats:  The politically correct and powerful Sierra Club is having a contest for America's schoolchildren.  The idea is to give Paul Bunyan a makeover.  No, what it really amounts to is re-education camp a la the Chinese Red Guard's Cultural Revolution.  The idea is to deconstruct and remake folk heroes like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Sunbonnet Sue, Mike Fink and others by reconstructing them into politically correct green icons.

Green zombies:  Are our schools producing green zombies?  Ask any student in any grade what causes global warming; odds are that their reply will be cars, or fossil fuels or "human activity."  Take, for example, the workbook entitled Vocabulary Workshop, published by Holt, Rinehart and Winston for middle-school English students.  Among the 29 lesson titles, consider these:
    Down to the sea with Jacques Cousteau
    What is the forecast for Brazil's rain forest?
    Jean of the environment
    Balancing society and the environment: Global warming
    Catching the sun for energy
This in an English workbook?

Group Cries Foul Over Alleged Liberal Agenda Textbooks:  "By omitting important facts and by distorting others, these textbooks do not prepare students to think critically about important environmental issues," said Chris Patterson, Director of Education Research for the Texas Public Policy Foundation.  Among the issues most disputed are acid rain, pollution, species and rain forests, Human population growth, and climate change.  In one instance, Patterson said each textbook gave different numbers for the remaining size of South America's rain forest.  "Glencoe says that 75 million acres of rain forest has been destroyed, Holt says 32, Prentice Hall says 15," Patterson said.  "None of them cite where they got the information, but in fact, according to a NASA study, 7.5 million has been destroyed."



Other countries' experiences:

An interesting web site...
Climate Lessons:  A blog aiming to share information about materials presented to children on climate, especially those which seem intended to frighten or mislead them.

The Editor says...
What's interesting about this site is that it shows evidence of environmental indoctrination in several countries or regions of the world.  It's worth a look.

Indoctrination at school really works.
Children losing sleep over global warming.  Half of children between the ages of seven and 11 are anxious about the effects of global warming and often lose sleep over it, according to a new report.  A survey of 1,150 youngsters found that one in four blamed politicians for the problems of climate change, while one in seven said their own parents were not doing enough to improve the environment.

Gore film made free and convenient for schools.  All Australian high school students will be conveniently able to get their hands on a copy of the climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth, with the movie to be given to schools free of charge.

In England, they take it one step further:

Every British teen to see Gore's An Inconvenient Truth.  The British government will send a copy of Al Gore's film about global warming, An Inconvenient Truth, to every secondary school in the country, the U.K. environment minister announced Friday [2/2/2007].

School row over Al Gore film.  Parents who claim that an award-winning film on climate change is inaccurate and politically motivated are threatening a legal challenge over the [British] Government's decision to send it to every secondary school.

Update:
Father in High Court bid to stop Al Gore's 'sentimental climate mush' being shown in schools.  Al Gore's climate change documentary An Inconvenient Truth was described in the High Court today [9/27/2007] as containing "serious scientific inaccuracies, political propaganda and sentimental mush".  The attack came as father-of-two Stewart Dimmock, a Kent school governor and a member of The New Party, challenged the Government's decision to provide the film to every secondary school in England.

Updated again:
Schools must warn of Gore climate film bias.  Schools will have to issue a warning before they show pupils Al Gore's controversial film about global warming, a judge indicated yesterday.  The move follows a High Court action by a father who accused the Government of 'brainwashing' children with propaganda by showing it in the classroom.

A convenient fraud now being exposed.  Be aware that a judge this month instructed British teachers showing the film to tell their pupils that [Al] Gore makes at least 11 false or unsupported claims.  I hate to think it is necessary to remind our own teachers to do likewise, but I fear the worst.  Every school in [Australia] has now been offered free DVDs of An Inconvenient Truth, by Paramount and Jackgreen International, which makes money from the global warming scare.  Even the Environment Protection Authority is urging schools to show it.

Al Gore's inconvenient judgmentAn Inconvenient Truth won plaudits from the environmental lobby and an Oscar from the film industry but was found wanting when it was scrutinised in the High Court in London.  Mr Justice Burton identified nine significant errors within the former presidential candidate's documentary as he assessed whether it should be shown to school children.

Some Inconvenient Truths For Gore:  Al Gore's documentary on climate disaster has been ruled a work of fiction by a British judge.  In legal terms, his global warming hysteria has been assuming facts not in evidence.

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