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Wyoming Bans Teaching Climate Change in Schools

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The state of Wyoming has blocked a set of national teaching standards for science because the standards will teach students about climate change.

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Kit B (276)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 1:26 pm
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The state of Wyoming has blocked a set of national teaching standards for science because the standards will teach students about climate change. Conservative lawmakers in Wyoming said that the standards indoctrinate kids with politics rather than teach actual science. Nevermind that science is how scientists came to their conclusions about climate change in the first place.

The Next Generation Science Standards were developed over the last four years by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and many states to provide uniform, scientific curricula for K-12 students. So far, nine states and Washington D.C. have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, reports Smithsonian Magazine.

“The standards handle global warming as settled science,” said Republican state Rep. Matt Teeters R-Lingle. “There’s all kind of social implications involved in that that I don’t think would be good for Wyoming.”

But that fact is that climate change is a “settled science.” The earth, in fact, is getting warmer, and, yes, humans’ carbon footprint is responsible for a great deal of it. As Smithsonian reported, “The underlying science of climate change – the heating of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and the human responsibility for emitting those gases – is not up for debate.”

Reasoning behind the block appears to be embedded in something entirely different than concern for students and what the Republicans are saying is false, unfounded science. Wyoming is a “powerhouse producer of coal, natural gas, and petroleum.” Being that fossil fuel production is a veritable cash cow for Wyoming, politicians are blocking proven, scientific findings to protect it’s industrial interests. In short, they want to keep the youth ignorant in exchange for money.

Pete Gosar, Wyoming state board of education member, was correct when he said that it’s bad to let mathematical and scientific teachings be swayed by public opinion. To add to that assertion, it’s also even worse to keep public opinion from being swayed by math and science. He continued, declaring that blocking the standards ill-affords the board to properly do its job.

The standards block is arbitrary, not based in any sort of logical, scientific opposition. The findings regarding climate change are peer-reviewed, scientific discoveries, said Lisa Hoyos of Climate Parents, a nonprofit that advocates the standards. “It’s not ideological,” said Hoyos. “It’s very important to me to ensure that my kids are taught vetted, peer-tested scientific content.”

The block, on the other hand, is pure, political ideology.

By: Joshua De Leon | Ring of Fire |

Josh is a writer and researcher with Ring of Fire. Follow him on Twitter @dnJdeli.

Maggie S (40)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 1:39 pm
This does not surprise me one bit! Wyoming is a Republican Rat's Nest -- that is also why they treat their great wildlife so badly! When you have a governor like Mead and Senators like Barrasso and Enzi, along with being in the pocket of companies like Anadarko, EnCana, etc., you will not doubt want to hide climate change, and it is HUGE in Wyoming. Google the Jonah Field in Wyoming and see what a mess it is up there! I worked there for 2 years and had to get out! Dirty climate, horrible politics! If Wyoming thinks this is good for their students, wait until they start applying to colleges. They may all have to stay at the Univ of Wyo because they sure won't have the academic preparation to compete in better schools!

Angelika R (143)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 2:32 pm
...It figures... congratulations! War on education creates more war. But who cares if the planet dies anyway... must be their mind map.

Rose B (141)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 3:31 pm
What century do they live in ?

Barbara K (60)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 4:45 pm
What a shame that these supposedly grown up adults will stop their students from learning the truth when it comes to science and the climate change. The students will learn the truth some day and know how the adults in their lives failed them.

JL A (281)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 7:11 pm
So sad they do not want their students to become qualified to pursue STEM careers.

pam w (139)
Saturday March 22, 2014, 9:54 pm
I cannot believe this is real.....

Craig Pittman (52)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 5:08 am
Wyoming, sad that you are relegating your State to the status of a backwater out of step with the times.
This just makes you shake your head in disbelief. Thanks Kit.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 5:36 am
You do realize that this part of the Common Core program which you all hate so much. But if this such a concern, how can you ignore the fact that the standards fail “to include essential math content that is critical to science learning.” Particularly in physics and chemistry, “the standards seem to assiduously dodge the mathematical demands inherent in the subjects covered.” Boy, we don't want sheep, do we?

Ben O (150)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 5:38 am
"Education is the most powerful weapon wich can be used for World change"
(Nelson Mandela)
-Science and reason, thanks very much!

Ben O (150)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 5:39 am
BTW; -Isn't the Earth flat...??? : ~ [

Gloria picchetti (304)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 5:43 am
Ignorance is bliss.

Ben O (150)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 5:55 am
However, we must never underestimate the power of ignorant morons in large groups!

cecily w (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 5:56 am
Wyoming is short-changing its children.

Mary S (1)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:07 am
Just one more case of "money" and it's power.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:10 am
What would our future be?

Dayanna Hillier (21)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:13 am
Ecology and the Human Heart

According to Buddhist teaching, there is a very close interdependence between the natural environment and the sentient beings living in it. Some of my friends have told me that basic human nature is somewhat violent, but I told them I disagree. If we examine different animals, for examples, those whose very survival depends on taking others lives, such as tigers or lions, we learnt that their basic nature provides them with sharp fangs and claws. Peaceful animals, such as deer, which are completely vegetarian, are gentler and have smaller teeth and no claws. From that viewpoint we human beings have a non-violent nature. As to the question of human survival, human beings are social animals. In order to survive we need companions. Without other human beings there is simply no possibility of surviving; that is a law of nature.

Since I deeply believe that human beings are basically gentle by nature, I feel that we should not only maintain gentle, peaceful relations with our fellow human beings bur also that is very important to extend the same kind of attitude toward the natural environment. Morally speaking, we should be concerned for our whole environment.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 7:30 am
Well that's a disgrace. Are all the students going to banned from using the internet & reading newspapers too? How short sighted!

Arielle S (313)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:03 am
Yes, let's just keep everyone ignorant and relying on Faux Noise for information. Yep, that's the ticket...

Robert O (12)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:21 am
Great! Keep the kinds uneducated and ignorant about real and important issues and they'll be much easier to indoctrinate when they grow up.

. (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:27 am
Now we wouldn't want the kiddies to find out how fracking and oil exploration negatively impact on the environment or contribute to climate change. We would want them to know about how corporate pollution is the biggest factor in climate change either.

Mitchell D (87)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:37 am
Insistent, purposive ignorance will only lead to living in a make believe world in which Wyoming will render itself helpless in the face of what is really coming, in terms of the impact of global warming.
Or, they are just so clever, realizing that if they can have a ocean shoreline, they can make sooo much money as the new surfing capital of the U.S.

. (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:40 am
Actually Dayanna I disagree with you somewhat on your extrapolation. If man is the microcosm that reflects the universal macrocosm then it does give us an insight into human nature. The universe is a very complex and beautiful place. It is also a very violent place with solar systems eating each other; black holes joining to produce bigger black holes and so on. The ancient gods and goddesses we created were our way of explaining the all to human factors found in every facet of creation. We made them in our own image. We are a reflection of our universe and are capable of great thought, selfless action and amazing engineering and scientific feats. We are also guilty of the most negative and destructive behaviors in the universe. It's called free will or freedom of choice. We can choose to live in harmony with our tiny world and the matrix in which our universe exists or we can choose to destroy it. We are very capable of the later.

Sarah Baker (61)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 8:48 am
Super scary. Thanks for sharing!

Lindsay K (6)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:24 am
Noted. Sounds blinkered and iill-informed to me.

Lloyd H (46)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:28 am
You know it always makes me wonder.
Do these morons walk every where?
Do any of them own a TV, a phone of any kind, a computer, or even a watch?
Do any of them owe their lives or the lives of their family members to medical intervention of any kind?
Do they write with burn sticks or do they use pencils and pens?
Have any of them ever used one of them new fangled elevators?
Do any of them use a credit card or trade stocks on line?
How many were either elected with the use of robo -calls, radio or TV ads or were any of the previous used by those that appointed them to office?
How many of them got their office through the profits of Fossil Fuels?
These asshats are not anti-science, they are against anything that interferes with the profit of Fossil Fuel Corporations. If you took Climate Change out they would be all for it, maybe. I say maybe because a well educated American workforce is more expensive than one that is offshored or is work-visa based.

Freya H (357)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 10:54 am
What in the name of the Goddess have those banana brains been smoking? Besides, it won't work - unless they can cut off Wyoming's kids from the Internet. In the long run, this folly will bite Wyoming in the @$$ when the graduates of their schools can't get employment except for slinging hash or scrubbing floors.

. (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 12:22 pm
A thread of why we are in trouble.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 12:23 pm
SPAMMER FLAGGED-please help flagging!

Val M (83)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 12:35 pm
The legislators are trying to keep their industrial cash cows happy by keeping their kids ignorant.. I hope the kids have enough other influences on their thinking to get around this ignorant attitude. If someone starts fracking in their backyard maybe they will wake up..

Kamia T (89)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:00 pm
Noted, Spmmer Flagged. So I guess they don't want their kids to become aware of how much everything they're doing in Wyoming is destroying the area. But what's amazing is ... do they think they can keep their kids off the internet, stuck at home, stupid forever? No, and imagine how royally upset they're going to be when they finally DO wake up!

Robert K (31)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:11 pm
Update, Wyoming makes it illegal to snow.

Vicky P (476)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:13 pm
how sad :/ keeping people ignorant

Henrik Thorsen (31)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:27 pm
These scientifically illiterate fools will continue to insist that climate change is a political issue rather than a scientific one, they don't care about facts.

Ray M (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:28 pm
Stupid is as stupid does. Oil loving Cheney's from Wyoming. Figures. Sad for the uneducated students.

Lynne Buckley (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:36 pm
Very ignorant and stupid. They can ban and pretend that climate change doesn't exist, but it's ridiculous to deny the obvious. The effects of climate change are impacting on people's lives. The insurance companies are making businesses recognise the impact of climate change. Get real.

Angelika R (143)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:39 pm
Kamia, I bet those websites will be among the first to disappear,-why you think they're working so hard again to censor the internet? TPP and new SOPA efforts in congress...

Betty Kelly (4)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:43 pm
Wyoming have you discovered how yo ban the effects of global warming?

Winnie A (179)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:47 pm
The people and parents in particular in Wyoming should stop this. Wake up and get into the 21st Century already.

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 1:51 pm
Outrageous. Our corporations have bought over our governments which is including our school systems too.

Vallee R (280)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:01 pm
Teach the truth - never! But that is what is happening - how many kids know our Constitution here in the USA? The reason that cops and politicians can do what they do.

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:17 pm
Apparently Wyoming is controlled by Republicans and treat their kids like mushrooms. They keep them in the dark and feed them bull$**t. These kids will not be prepared for the real life when, and if, they leave Wyoming.

Lisa Z (168)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 2:51 pm

David C (129)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 3:22 pm
wonder what kind of science expert the Rep from Lingle or was it Dingle (just kidding)......

denying and/or ignoring facts don't make them go away.

David C (129)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 3:24 pm
ignorance is the only way the GOP can continue to get votes...when people become educated and vote with intellect and not faith alone they don't vote GOP

Dianna M (16)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 3:36 pm
Humanity is officially totally whacked. For the love of everything you hold dear, people, will you QUIT ELECTING THE BIGGEST IDIOTS YOU CAN FIND!?

Kate Kenner (215)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 4:14 pm
People enjoy living in blissful ignorance. It allows them to do what they want with no consequences. Of course climate change doesn't care what people think and will get the people of Wyoming whether they acknowledge it or not.. Their children will suffer from this lack of education as the Earth changes in drastic ways.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 4:32 pm
That is what republicans do, they hide the truth and this state is a very Republican state. Until they are able to disconnect people from CNN and the internet, the truth will prevail. I lived in a very Republican state, but it was announced this week that there are now more people registered as Independents than Republicans. Independents usually vote more Democratic than Republican. The media is now saying my state is turning purple and is no longer red.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 4:43 pm

Both parties are losing membership, republicans are now at a low of 23% of registered voters, and democrats at only 28%. People are looking for Independent or third party candidates.

Debra Van Way (12)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 4:56 pm
Must have been one heck of a wind because apparently the entire state of Wyoming blew clear down to the southern part of the country in the way they are picking and choosing things to leave out about science. Do they also teach A & E rode dinosaurs and the planet is only 6000 years old? Does the sun revolve around the earth? Is the state bird an ostrich? Had to ask since they seem intent on burying their heads in the ground instead of teaching the truth. They must hate their children and not care at all about their future. If they cared, the parents would want their children taught real science-not pick and choose only science that promotes fossil fuel over life quality.

marie C (163)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 6:09 pm
Thanks Kit

Rosa Caldwell (384)
Sunday March 23, 2014, 7:46 pm
I don't know how anyone can deny that global warming exists. What is Wyoming afraid of?

Jaime Alves (52)
Monday March 24, 2014, 2:42 am

Roger Briggs (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 3:07 am
It's been over 50 years since I was in school... I see nothing has changed. Students are still being fed the 'Government Approved' and dollar-driven BS of the day instead of the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Yep, it's wonderful to see just how far the education system has advanced. (apologies for the sarcasm)

Roseann d (178)
Monday March 24, 2014, 4:20 am
Those Red States...horrible places to grow up, deprived of an education.

Past Member (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 4:53 am
Facepalm. NB: spam flagged. Not that it seems to make a difference, but flagged anyway.

Frances Darcy (133)
Monday March 24, 2014, 5:59 am
Going backwards

John Mansky (26)
Monday March 24, 2014, 6:05 am
Maybe they are smart enough to understand,that the major world governments,with their Geo-Engineering,Chem-Trail Spraying and H.A.A.R.P. System Operation are to blame for most of it...

Michael M (5)
Monday March 24, 2014, 7:24 am
Nothing like keeping people Ignorant in Red States.

Rehana VN (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 8:01 am
Ignorance breeds Ignorance. Surely these students can think for themselves that they are being misinformed & misled.

Betty Kelly (4)
Monday March 24, 2014, 9:23 am
This is senseless. Ignoring the pik elephant does not make it go away. Maybe Wyoming's curent leaders should prepare for being replaced in the next election.

Jamie Clemons (282)
Monday March 24, 2014, 9:24 am
There is a serious lack of common sense in this country.

Melania Padilla (122)
Monday March 24, 2014, 10:47 am
Shame! They are creating ignorant idiots!!

Thomas M. (0)
Monday March 24, 2014, 12:43 pm
I wish I could say something so earth shattering to these public leaders, but they won't read it anyway. These are the attitudes that drove me outta Wyo three years ago - heads in the sand, fiercely independent thunkers they is. So smurt that they heads hrt. Them dam outsidurs dun't know nuthin' an kent teach usin nutin' eidder. Jess sty outa hur we wuz prefect til yur ideas gut hur.

Kira Leeon (13)
Monday March 24, 2014, 7:49 pm
It's all about keeping industry happy(vested interests of course) and not implicating those industries (mining, logging etc) in the destructive consequences for the planet. Withhold the truth, divert attention- keep them ignorant ...........And don't offend those that fill your pockets with filthy lucre no matter the tragic consequences for the Earth, our life support, our only home. It's ALL about money, greed,power, political profiteering in the name of the holy dollar- short term and unsustainable gains.Despicable.
Don't forget- knowledge is power.

Fran F (117)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 12:56 am
Willful, deadly and criminal ignorance!

Syd H (0)
Tuesday March 25, 2014, 7:56 am
As the politicians / law makers at all levels of society in most countries of the world, are so insistent on the educators teaching the MYTH of man made religions, why are they not equally insistent on the educators teaching the MYTH of man made climate change.

Robert B (60)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 8:33 am
Meet the American Taliban!

Charlene Rush (79)
Wednesday March 26, 2014, 9:57 am
If the majority of Wyoming's citizens, choose to bury their heads in the sand and not live in the real world, so be it.
Let them fall the wayside, as the rest of the world moves forward.
I'm getting tired worrying about HOPELESS, CLUELESS people

Tanya W (65)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 4:12 am
Without education we are doomed to repeat the past mistakes... Sad & irresponsible!!!

Tanya W (65)
Saturday March 29, 2014, 4:18 am
Burying your head in the and won't make climate change go away...... Just make it worse for the next generation!

Janis K (126)
Sunday March 30, 2014, 11:02 pm
I thought the people of Wyoming were smarter, or is it just their politicians?

Past Member (0)
Monday March 31, 2014, 4:51 am
I think one would have to look at the details of what is being taught before commenting if this is or is not a correct decision. Propaganda is not education, but if they are doing it just to protect the fact that the states makes a lot of money off of energy it's wrong.
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