A conservative education analyst is warning about the dangers
behind the push to teach more global-warming propaganda in
America's public schools.
In one example, Laurence Peters, in an article for Education
Week, uses Hurricane Sandy to argue students need to know more
about supposed "climate change." Predicting gloom and doom, Peters
calls for the need to prepare a new generation of students to
reinvent institutional mechanisms in order to live within safe
Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute says such overstatements concern
"People who want the public to accept that climate
change is a dire, present threat will tend to overstate the case,
and when you see overstatement like that it makes people say I
don't want this being taught to my kids as fact," McCluskey
He says the issue is so contentious that it is hard to
rationally discuss the topic in schools.
"Because nobody wants their kids being indoctrinated one way or
the other," he says. "And so if they're taught one thing and they
disagree with it, they get very angry and say stop teaching that.
And the result is that most teachers are going to avoid any
contentious issues and, therefore, most schools are going to avoid
contentious issues, and the kids are going to learn nothing about
McCluskey says parents have a legitimate reason to be afraid
that their children are going to be taught something as fact when
it is not at all established as such.
Some conservative political pundits are surprised, if not
pleased, that Ann Romney is criticizing teachers
unions for standing in the way of education reform.