Student Opinion

    Credit... Otto Kitsinger/Associated Press
    • Feb. 8, 2018

    Have you learned about climate change in your science classes? If so, what have you been taught about it? What have class discussions about climate change been like?

    If not, have you learned about it anywhere else, such as from another organization, club, your family or friends, or on your own? What do you know about it?

    In “ Idaho Stripped Climate Change From School Guidelines. Now, It’s a Battle ,” Livia Albeck-Ripka writes:

    The political fight over global warming has extended to science education in recent years as several states have attempted to weaken or block new teaching standards that included information about climate science. But only in Idaho has the state legislature stripped all mentions of human-caused climate change from statewide science guidelines while leaving the rest of the standards intact.

    Now teachers, parents and students are pushing back, hoping to convince the Republican-controlled Idaho Legislature to approve revised standards, which science proponents say are watered down but would still represent a victory for climate-change education in the state. The Idaho House education committee could vote as soon as Wednesday on whether to allow the revised language into the state’s curriculum.

    “We’re hopeful that we can put a final bow on this,” said Scott Cook, the director of academics at the Idaho State Department of Education, who helps lead a committee of teachers, parents and scientists urging that climate change be included in the standards.

    The battle started in early 2016, when Idaho was working to update its decade-old science standards for kindergarten through 12th grade, which outside education groups said were out of date. Lawmakers rejected a new set of standards, which were closely modeled after national guidelines developed by a consortium of states and science organizations and included information on climate change, saying more input from the public was needed .

    Students: Read the entire article, then tell us:

    — Do you think schools should teach about climate change? Why or why not?

    — If so, what should students be required to know? Should they learn about the natural and human causes of global warming? Should they learn about solutions? Should they learn about the politics related to it? Why do you think these topics should or should not be included in science curriculum?

    In your opinion, does your school teach climate science appropriately? Would you want to learn more or less about it than you already are? Why or why not?

    — Who should make decisions about what should and should not be included in a school’s science curriculum? Parents, teachers, students, state lawmakers, local school boards, the federal government or others? Why do you think these parties should be involved in what young people learn about science?

    In your school experience, has climate change been treated as a controversial topic or as merely a fact? Christopher Taylor, the science supervisor for the Boise School District, says teaching about climate change is “a political issue, and it shouldn’t be a political issue.” Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not?

    — To think more deeply about climate education, read one or more of these articles about one reporter’s foray into the controversy. Consider these questions for each:

    Climate Science Meets a Stubborn Obstacle: Students

    What do you think are the best approaches to teaching and learning about climate change? Taking field trips to observe changes in your local natural environment? Applying climate science to your own life and culture? Considering global warming through math, art, civics, novels and cooking? Conducting experiments to test theories about human impact on the environment?

    What are the best ways you have learned about climate change? What other ideas do you have?

    Clearing the Air on Climate Education: A Reporter Returns to the Scene of Her Story

    How should journalists report on climate education? What is gained — if anything at all — from stories like these? After reading these articles, what connections can you see among attitudes about global warming, politics, economic inequality and more?

    Students 13 and older are invited to comment. All comments are moderated by the Learning Network staff, but please keep in mind that once your comment is accepted, it will be made public.

    Should climate change be taught in schools?
    In the classroom, young people can be taught the impact of global warming and learn how to adapt to climate change. Education empowers all people, but especially motivates the young to take action. Knowing the facts helps eliminate the fear of an issue which is frequently colored by doom and gloom in the public arena. more
    What is taught in personal finance in high school?
    They'll learn to calculate net worth and net income, explore various occupations and the income for each, and how income taxes work. A chapter dedicated to managing money teaches about the benefits of savings and checking accounts as well as the various types of banking institutions. more
    What doctors are not taught in medical school books?
    What Doctors Don't Get to Study in Medical School 4th/2014 (English, Paperback, Dr. B.M. Hegde)
    • Publisher: Paras Medical Publishers.
    • Genre: Academic and Professional.
    • ISBN: 9788181914194, 8181914198.
    • Edition: 4, 2017.
    • Pages: 554.
    more
    Is climate change taught in American schools?
    Climate change is likely to color every part of young people's lives — from the jobs they hold to where they call home. And yet, despite the rise and importance of young climate activists, climate change isn't even being taught in many U.S. schools. more
    How were the students taught in the future school?
    Answer. the students will be taught by robots and books wont be there to study ,by replacing them will be screens. a blackboard will not be used but projectors will be. more
    Why should finance be taught in high school?
    Our kids need to be taught how taxes, health insurance, credit scores, interest, and loans work, among other important financial skills. The time to learn about retirement plans should be before our students enter the workforce, not when they realize they need one several years into their careers. more
    Should coding be taught in school?
    Coding teaches problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Problem-solving is needed in any industry, and in any career. By teaching kids problem-solving skills early on through coding, they are better prepared for the world that follows after high school and beyond. more
    Should climate change be taught in school?
    In the classroom, young people can be taught the impact of global warming and learn how to adapt to climate change. Education empowers all people, but especially motivates the young to take action. Knowing the facts helps eliminate the fear of an issue which is frequently colored by doom and gloom in the public arena. more
    Should personal finance be taught in school?
    Research shows that children who learn to manage money early are able to better handle their finances as adults. Even a one-hour class in a week can help an individual save thousands of rupees later in life if she learns about the advantages of health policies and other insurance covers. more
    Should personal finance be taught in high school?
    Our kids need to be taught how taxes, health insurance, credit scores, interest, and loans work, among other important financial skills. The time to learn about retirement plans should be before our students enter the workforce, not when they realize they need one several years into their careers. more
    Why is finance not taught in school?
    Why isn't personal finance taught in school and why don't all students have access to personal finance coaches before they take out student loans? The answer is a mix of inertia in the system and a failure to recognize financial literacy as one of the core skills needed to succeed in the 21st century. more

    Source: www.nytimes.com

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