What should schools teach about global warming?
The teaching of climate change is under attack in some U.S. public schools. This week, South Dakota’s legislature passed a resolution calling for the “balanced teaching of global warming.”
“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant but rather a highly beneficial ingredient for all plant life,” says the resolution, which passed with mostly GOP votes. It also says global warming is “a scientific theory rather than a proven fact” and a variety of “astrological” and other “dynamics” affect weather.
In other states, critics of teaching evolution are gaining ground by linking the issue to global warming, arguing that dissenting views on both subjects should be taught in public schools, according to a story today in the New York Times.