Science Deniers Win One in Idaho

February 7, 2018

goya

Flat earth rocketeer fizzled,  but climate denial still going strong in Idaho.

ThinkProgress:

On Wednesday, lawmakers in Idaho voted to adopt new science standards for the state, but chose to remove key references to climate science.

The vote came just days after public testimony from students and teachers overwhelmingly supported including climate science in the public school standards.

“At what point do we trust our teachers?” Rep. Sally Toone, a Democrat who voted against removing the climate references, said during a House Education Committee hearing. “We have great teachers and they have spent thousands of hours on this document.”

The document, known as the Idaho Content Standards, includes key metrics for students from kindergarten through high school. Lawmakers voted to remove all supporting science content included in the standards, which often went into more detail about human-caused climate change. The lawmakers also voted to remove one paragraph from the state’s performance standards that asked students to be able to “describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.” Examples of how fuels affect the environment included “air pollution from burning of fossil fuels.”

Rep. Scott Syme, a Republican who proposed eliminating the performance standard as well as all supporting content, argued that the standard forced students to come to a particular conclusion rather than draw their own conclusions based on evidence.

Note to Flat Earthers, Idaho Legislators hold out hope.

Rep. Scott Syme, a Republican who proposed eliminating the performance standard as well as all supporting content, argued that the standard forced students to come to a particular conclusion rather than draw their own conclusions based on evidence.

Previously, Syme had said that he didn’t care “if the students come up with a conclusion that the earth is flat – as long as it’s their conclusion, not something that’s told to them.”

Students in Idaho publicly decried attempts to restrict climate science in classrooms, telling lawmakers that political ideology was placing students at a disadvantage for future jobs in science and technology.

Pfft. What do they know?
Hell, some of those kids believe in climate change.
Do your own research, snowflake!

Spokane Spokesman-Review:

After this morning’s hearing on school science standards – which will continue tomorrow – Rep. Scott Syme, R-Caldwell, said he’s planning to propose a motion tomorrow to approve the standards with two sections removed – one of the five regarding climate change that lawmakers had removed last year, and one other. “There’s two that I don’t like, and they didn’t go far enough last year,” Syme said, when the state Department of Education, at lawmakers’ direction, revised the five sections. “They have conclusions drawn in.”

Syme said he’s “learned a lot about standards” between last year and this year, and his remaining concern is “they should be inquiry-based.” He added, “It was never about climate change.”

“I don’t care if the students come up with a conclusion that the earth is flat – as long as it’s their conclusion, not something that’s told to them,” Syme declared.

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3 Responses to “Science Deniers Win One in Idaho”

  1. Sir Charles Says:

    As I said: Welcome back to the Middle Ages…

  2. J4Zonian Says:

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH


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