People send me stuff. This arrived today in my inbox. This anonymous survey (open to anyone) was announced via the American Geophysical Union mailing list, done by the National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA, and also available at their website) and is rather telling.
IMHO many of the questions are rather leading, and based on some news headlines we’ve seen in the past, and in my opinion these lead the survey to a predetermined outcome. That said, I know we have many K-12 educators who read WUWT, and I encourage them to take the survey and give it your best honest answers. For non-educators, there’s a question to declare that as well. (link to survey follows below the Continue reading line).
Some of the questions test knowledge of climate systems, GHG’s and other basic science. I’m sure our WUWT readers will score quite high on those questions. There are a few trick questions too, like the one about Earthquakes causing global warming (insert eye rolling emoticon here). There’s also a question about which nation per capita emits the most GHG’s and the one that is actually in the lead (Qatar) is oddly not listed but instead wants you to answer USA I think. That’s just a couple of the oddities I noticed.
Unfortunately, none of the multiple choice questions had an option to check [ ] This question is ridiculous which I probably would have checked a few times if it were available.
Though, looking at the NESTA website, I see they are pushing a card game from the Union of Concerned Scientists (where you need only a credit card to join, no scientist credentials required) called “Cool it” so I suppose we’ll have to give them points for being silly with this survey, which is about on par with the UCS card game.
Here’s the AGU notice to members and the link to the survey:
The National Earth Science Teachers Association has developed an anonymous survey to gather information about climate change education underway in the K-12 classroom today.
1. If you are a K-12 educator, please take the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N5ZHKFJ .
2. Please consider forwarding this notice about the survey to your networks of teachers through emails, listservs, and other postings.
The survey will be available through September, and results will be made available through the NESTA website at http://www.nestanet.org in November of this year.
Bethany Holm Adamec
Education and Outreach Coordinator
American Geophysical Union
[email deleted as a spam courtesy]
AGU galvanizes a community of Earth and space scientists that collaboratively advances and communicates science and its power to ensure a sustainable future.