Three University of Colorado professors told students to drop out of class if they did not believe in man-made global warming, stressing in an email there will be no debates on the subject in class.
“The point of departure for this course is based on the scientific premise that human induced climate change is valid and occurring,” reads the email from UC Colorado Springs professors to their students obtained by The College Fix.
“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,” reads the email sent after some students voiced concern about their future in the class after the first online lecture on global warming.
“Opening up a debate that 98% of climate scientists unequivocally agree to be a non-debate would detract from the central concerns of environment and health addressed in this course,” the professors wrote in their email.
“If you believe this premise to be an issue for you, we respectfully ask that you do not take this course, as there are options within the Humanities program for face to face this semester and online next,” they wrote.
The three professors teach the online course “Medical Humanities in the Digital Age,” but also delves into global warming and even the “health effects of fracking,” according to the course syllabus. There’s also a lecture on “our relationship with the natural world and its healing power.”
The lecture on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, relies on sources from environmental activists that want to ban the drilling technique despite federal and state studies finding little to no evidence it contaminates water or negatively impacts human health.
Professors even encourage students to measure their own carbon footprint, reports the College Fix, which notes the teachers even banned challenging global warming on online forums unless they cite research reviewed by the United Nations.
Global warming is all the rage on college campuses these days, and student activists at some schools have successfully pushed campaigns to get endowments to divest from fossil fuels — though divestment pledges are largely symbolic.
Dartmouth College’s board of trustees recently reported it would be easy to capitulate to activists and divest since so few of their endowment assets were tied up in fossil fuels.
Activists cheered the announcement, but largely ignored the fact Dartmouth trustees basically called divestment pointless.
Public schools have also taken up the climate crusade. The Portland Public Schools Board voted in June to “abandon the use of any adopted text material that is found to express doubt about the severity of the climate crisis or its root in human activities.”
Earlier that month, a sixth grade teacher in Madison, Minn., brought rappers to three of her science classes to teach students how to write rap songs about the evils of fossil fuels and the need to address global warming.
“It’s been a huge motivator,” the teacher told reporters in June. “I have students that haven’t cared much about science and haven’t put in much of an effort, even though they’re very capable.”
“With this project, I’ve seen so many students like that turning in their assignments, raising their hand in class and asking questions — I haven’t seen that all semester,” she said.
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