From the You can’t handle the truth! department comes this sad but predictable tale of closed minded pettiness. NSTA, is your position so strong and unassailable that you have to trample free speech rights to protect teachers from hearing alternate views? Does cancel culture now extend to the minds of educators?
From Greg Wrightstone, president of the CO2 Coalition who reports they were evicted from their paid and agreed to exhibit just minutes after the show opened. This picture shows them on their way out the door while the show is in progress.
We had an exhibit booth and were attending the NSTA convention, but they were having none of it. We were thrown out of the NSTA annual convention yesterday for exposing their position on the teaching of climate change. Our science was not on the “Approved List” by them.
Their press release about attending:
Challenging the NSTA’s Position Statement on Climate Change
The CO2 Coalition has reviewed the National Science Teaching Association’s Position Statement on Climate Change and has found that it has serious problems, which we address in this assessment. Our objections to this document are many but can be separated into two major categories.
Our detailed rebuttal, Challenging NSTA Position Statement on Climate Change, was published March 23, 2023.
- Reliance on “consensus” science and a rejection of critical thinking skills and the scientific method.
- NSTA’s embrace of the hypothesis of “harmful man-made warming” despite its basis in flawed science and government opinions and its rejection of all contradictory science.
- A primary role for the NSTA should be to develop critical thinking skills for students and to instill in them knowledge and use of the scientific method.
- Students should be encouraged to review all facts on a subject (in this case climate change) and make up their own minds rather than be indoctrinated into an established political agenda.
Unfortunately, the NSTA has taken a strong position that is antithetical to the scientific method, critical thinking and open scientific debate. Its position is one of censorship of any scientist or science that does not support the NSTA-approved “science.” The NSTA Position Statement on Climate Change fails to delineate between real science and political science.
In early 2021, a group of CO2 Coalition members decided to act on their concerns about the state of science education in America. They recognized that the teaching of science had strayed from the 400-plus-year-old scientific method and was less inclined to encourage inquisitiveness in students and more prone to require conformity to the opinions of teachers. At present, much of the instruction on climate change resembles an indoctrination into a political agenda rather than the provision of necessary tools for critical thinking.
It is our knowledge of science and commitment to the scientific method – not political narratives – that make the CO2 Coalition uniquely qualified to lead in the development of a fact-based program of climate-science education.
Read the Complete Report Here: Challenging NSTA Position Statement on Climate Change
The CO2 Coalition is attending and exhibiting our findings at the National Science Teaching Association’s Annual Convention in Atlanta, GA (March 23 to 25, 2023). We are proudly promoting the teaching of sound science and the scientific method to those who wish to indoctrinate our children and grandchildren.
[Corrections received by email from Gordon Fulks]
Let me correct a few things in this story (story tip). The NSTA did not throw out the CO2 Coalition until the second day of the conference.
They sent their Chief Operating Officer (Ryan Foley) to confront us. He indicated that the NSTA was not happy with the publications we were giving away. Those publications included both the article critical of the NSTA support for climate hysteria and the illustrated materials we are publishing for children, including “Once Upon a Time,” “Simon, the Solar-powered Cat,” and the “Magic Mirror.”
All are or will be available on our website (co2coalition.org) or a new CO2 Learning Center website that should be up and running in two weeks. All three illustrated stories are presently available on Amazon (Kindle). Teachers should be able to get copies for their students for free by contacting the Coalition.
When the Coalition’s Executive Director, Greg Wrightstone, tried to point out that we were only supporting the Scientific Method, the NSTA official drew a blank. We realized later that he had no educational background in the sciences or in education. That is very typical of so many who promote climate alarmism. They have no standing to do so. Our team included two PhD Chemists and our Executive Director with a Masters in Geology. The Coalition itself consists of about 125 high level scientists and economists. Furthermore, the most recent teaching standards for American children no longer emphasize the Scientific Method as the basis of science. That is a travesty in itself.
As the author of the children’s stories, I wrote to the NSTA asking what they found objectionable about stories that teach very basic science about carbon dioxide and climate. They have not replied. That likely says that they cannot defend their actions or are too embarrassed to do so. Before our team was thrown out of the conference on the second day, we enjoyed overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teachers in attendance and distributed many hundreds of our publications for children, far more than we expected to distribute. Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics) Board of Directors CO2 Coalition Arlington, VA USA
The Twitter Files have revealed the Censorship-Industrial Complex. Certain Democratic politicians will exert whatever needed to maintain The Narrative, whether it is Climate Change or the infallibility of Anthony Fauci.
As the NTSA is probably in bed with the teachers unions, being good little apparatchiks comes naturally.
If you can question it, it is science.
If you are not allowed to question it, it is propaganda.
Or a catechism.
They’re lucky they weren’t turned over to the Inquisition and burned at the stake. Wait for it.
We have clinics for that. Out-of-sight, out-of-mind.
Like the J6-ers?
“Inquisition”? Thanks, Ron. That word makes me smile.
Sadly, I’m restraining myself and not linking a couple of videos…though I am going to watch them now.
Wow! I didn’t expect that!
National Science Teaching Association at its best – in a banana republic. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Germans have a nice single word for it – Gleichschaltung.
Diversity (i.e. color judgment, class-based bigotry, political congruence) is Inequity, Exclusion or DIEversity.
That said, diversity of individuals, minority of one.
Climate and weather become Climate Crusades.
Education – Nazi Germany | Britannica
The National Socialist Tools, A–holes and Con artists can stick their convention.
A real ass sociation.
The people running the organization aren’t very quick. One might say that they are half-fast.
if you can’t do it- teach it- if you can’t teach it, regulate it
Climate science is too messy for an Einstein to save the day and wipe away the Ether Theory of Physics and its enforcement up to that point. Alas, we have the Nobel for Al Gore instead and his faked “cookie jar” science experiment for students.
yes, Gore should bet the Nobel for informing us that the oceans are boiling /sarc
The way I see it, just means we are slowly winning. NSTA cannot let the truth be exposed, so resorts to overt censorship. But in the internet era, that gets wide exposure—the Streisand effect at work.
Which I will help by posting it at my Politics/Climate forum.
“Does cancel culture now extend to the minds of educators?”
That isn’t anything new is it?
Educators, and the schools of education, were some of the first to be taken over in the Marxist long march through the institutions. This was no accident, as they saw that by doing so they would be able to indoctrinate entire generations of children. Re-education would not be necessary as there would be no initial education that was incongruent with the Marxist theory that they espoused. Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed has been used as a manual for the implementation of Marxist praxis throughout education from the earliest primary school to post graduate studies. This has been in the pipe line for decades.
A consensus science without science.
The CO2 Coalition Report was mediocre, to be kind, so it was not likely to change any minds. It was yet another “let’s debate the science” approach that has failed to change minds for 40 years.
Usually, the Climate Realists with the most effective communications and biggest audiences get censored first. In this case, throwing out the CO2 Coalition might cause more negative publicity for Climate Howlers than the CO2 Coalition report could have caused, especially with that non-receptive audience.
If the CO2 Coalition wanted to be effective communicators to change minds, they would just pass out a brochure with 100 wrong environmental, including climate, predictions since the 1960’s
Each prediction should have the name and position of the person who made the prediction. Predictions by scientists and professors should be emphasized rather than predictions by non-science background politicians.
That’s is how you debate the politics of CAGW warming scaremongering
You can not debate the science of CAGW because there is no science
CAGW has never happened
There are no CAGW data
There are just predictions of CAGW climate doom, and they are for 200 to 400 years in the future (ECS), which very few people realize
Every prediction of climate doom since the early 1970s has been wrong, starting with the early 1970’s coming global cooling crisis predictions, that morphed into the coming global warming crisis predictions in the late 1970s.
100% wrong predictions are our best ammunition to refute the latest climate predictions, which have not changed that much since 1979
We can not debate the science of CAGW because the science of CAGW does not exist.
We do have to discredit the scientists who have been making wrong CAGW predictions for 50 years, In a 2022 poll they were 59% of all scientists.
Our first goal should be to get a majority of scientists to NOT believe in CAGW. That is not an impossible goal, since the anti-CAGW percentage is already 41%.
Some Climate Realists, who I have “battled” with here this year deny the most basic consensus climate science, which has about a 99.9% consensus.
— They deny the greenhouse effect
— They deny CO2 is a climate change variable
— They claim 3% to 5% of atmospheric CO2 came from manmade emissions
That is the wrong approach to refute CAGW, no matter how strongly you believe those three false claims. Because then the climate change “battle” then becomes convincing 999 of 1,000 scientists they are wrong, and you are right. And that battle is hopeless.
You can’t change one’s opinion with facts and reason if their opinion is not based 9n facts and reason.
The leftist useful idiots of the CAGW religion rarely realize that CAGW is just a belief, expressed as a prediction, that has been wrong since 1979
They believe CAGW is actual science because leftist scientists created the CAGW prediction
They are unaware that every climate prediction has been wrong since 1979.
Because wrong predictions are not discussed by the mainstream media
They have no idea global warming stopped in 2015, at least for the past eight years.
They do not know science is based on data
But predictions are data free beliefs.
“The leftist useful idiots of the CAGW religion rarely realize that CAGW is just a belief, expressed as a prediction, that has been wrong since 1979”
Actually, it’s been wrong since the beginning of time.
There is no evidence of a run-a-way greenhouse effect in all of Earth’s history caused by CO2, even though CO2 concentrations have been as high as 7,000ppm at times in the past, versus 415ppm today.
If the Earth is not going into a run-a-way greenhouse effect at 7,000ppm of CO2, then it’s not going into a run-a-way greenhouse effect at 415ppm of CO2.
Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) is the biggest science hoax in human history.
The rational “battle” should be convincing the voters that the “solutions” to man-made global warming (sic), that is – wind & solar – are failures, and will always be failures.
The ‘solutions” are a greater threat to civilization than the “problem”.
So, concede the “science” of CO2, but move the main campaign on to acceptance of nuclear power generation as the only rational, practical approach.
(and make noises about finding non-oil alternative materials for the thousands of products modern communities rely upon for transportation, medicines, communications, etc etc etc)
I strongly disagree
The problem is the CAGW belief.
Nut Zero is just a symptom of that CAGW belief.
A panic reaction to the CAGW belief.
If people believe the planet is in danger from CAGW, then they will behave irrationally.
The science of CO2 does NOT support predictions of CAGW
Actual global warming from 1975 to 2015 was mild and harmless, not CAGW. That is the evidence of CO2.
There was no CAGW to be experienced in history.
We have seven billion first hand witnesses to confirm that RISING CO2 LEVELS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HARMLESS.
“If people believe the planet is in danger from CAGW, then they will behave irrationally.”
Yes, we see this every day from most of our political class.
We are being led by very deluded people, and they are doing very stupid things as a consequence.
“So, concede the “science” of CO2”
What is the science of CO2?
That it is a greenhouse gas? Ok, agreed.
That it can change the way the weather unfolds on Earth? There’s no evidence for this.
So, to date, the only science of CO2 is that it is a greenhouse gas with unknown effects on the Earth’s atmosphere, and if it does have an effect on the Earth’s atmosphere, it is not discerable at this time, so it can be assumed that CO2 has little effect on the Earth’s weather or temperature.
The only thing in all of climate scence that shows a correlation between CO2 and temperatures is a bogus, bastardized, computer-generated Hockey Stick global “temperature” chart.
This Hockey Stick chart Science Fiction is all Climate Change Alarmists have to show as “proof” of their CAGW case, and it’s all a Big Lie. This global temperature record is made up out of thin air and has been distorted so that the temperature profile corresponds with the increase in CO2 amounts.
Without the Bogus Hockey Stick Chart, the Climate Change Alarmists would have nothing.
Our fearless leaders are destroying our societies over this Big Lie.
The Big Liars are doing tremendous damage to all the rest of us.
“That it is a greenhouse gas? Ok, agreed.”
Right- if you add CO2 to a greenhouse, it will raise the temperature, a bit. But the atmosphere is not a greenhouse- the result of adding that gas is not well understood– not to say no effect- it might be modest, it might be almost zero.
Dick says:”…most basic consensus climate science,..”
Sorry Dick, if it is “consensus” it is not science so I will not bend the knee.
A science consensus can be correct or wrong
Throughout history, most of them were at least slightly wrong, and sometimes completely wrong
The claim that having a consensus proves that a scientific belief is wrong, and not real science, is complete nonsense.
“The claim that having a consensus proves that a scientific belief is wrong, and not real science, is complete nonsense.”
Nobody is saying that.
I disagree. The NSTA controlling body won’t listen, but others might. So you don’t judge the CO2 coalition by whether they changed the NSTA controlling body’s mind, you judge them by whether some of their message got through to some teachers. There could well have been teachers there who were uneasy at the CO2 coalition being thrown out and wondered whether there might have been some truth in what they were saying – a small gain but an important one. I see following your (Richard Greene) advice in the same vein as the saying “If you get the right result for the wrong reason, that’s bad science.”
Pure speculation that some US government employed teachers, primarily leftists, are going to ignore the US government scientists, primarily leftists, and risk losing their jobs, or at least not getting a raise, by teaching the UK’s CO2 Coalition beliefs?
US teachers will teach a UK’s organization’s beliefs?
You are day dreaming.
“There could well have been teachers there who were uneasy at the CO2 coalition being thrown out and wondered whether there might have been some truth in what they were saying…”
If they don’t have the courage to stand up and say so- then they’re lost. Makes me think of the Norman Rockwell painting showing an ordinary person standing up and speaking at a New England town meeting.
CAGW is a millenarian cult.
So, create the top 100 list. I will pass it out with an attribution to you.
My writing days are over. i wrote the ECONOMIC LOGIC newsletter for 43 years. Now I only have enough energy left for a long ranting and raving comment here1
Here’s a start from my files:
Honest global warming chart Blog: Silly, wrong 1970 Earth Day forecasts (elonionbloggle.blogspot.com)
Honest global warming chart Blog: Earth Day 1970 — what actually happened in the next 50 years ? (elonionbloggle.blogspot.com)
18 Spectacularly Wrong Predictions Were Made Around the Time of the First Earth Day in 1970, Expect More This Year | American Enterprise Institute – AEI
50 Years of Failed Doomsday, Eco-pocalyptic Predictions; the So-called ‘experts’ Are 0-50 | American Enterprise Institute – AEI
Earth Day’s failed predictions of 52 years ago & the amazing environmental improvements that have occurred since | Climate Depot
Wrong Again: 50 Years of Failed Eco-pocalyptic Predictions – Competitive Enterprise Institute (cei.org)
50 Years of FAILED Climate Predictions in 15 Minutes (or Less!) | Louder With Crowder – YouTube
The Master Shortfall List of Failed Climate Predictions | by David Siegel | Shortfall
Earth Day At 52: None of the eco-doomsday predictions have come true – Net Zero Watch
Science teaching? Educators? If I were starting over and my children were young, I would not set foot in a public school. Even many private, parochial and charter schools are succumbing to the dumbing down and politicization of the curriculum. At this point, we would be home-schooling our children and demanding our tax money back to help defray our costs.
I admire the many honest and dedicated teachers, but they are walled in and handcuffed by administrative dictates and “accepted” curricula. So a male teacher can don a wig and a giant pair of prosthetic breasts to shop class and be supported by the administration and board, but mention doubts about climate or pronouns and be disciplined or fired.
Any fresh graduates of teacher prep are pretty much a lost cause.
If the University of Oregon is any indication, they are a lost cause before they are allowed in.
The School requires (in recent past , at least) a thesis to be submitted expounding on the virtues of diversity (and by extension affirmative action) prior to the acceptance of the future propagandists.
It ought to be called the Indoctrination Center of Oregon.
Four decades ago, I thought I wanted to be a teacher. I lasted one semester of educational theory and decided I was better suited for something else. It was clear the people who created the curriculum had never actually taught anybody in grades K-12. Imagine what it’s like today?
There is an old joke: “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach. Those who can’t teach, teach teachers.”
NSTA serves as an advocate for science educators by helping to raise the profile of science education to promote respect and ensure investment that supports an equitable, high-quality science education.
What are the principles for the National Science Education Standards?
The first two are that science is a subject for all students and learning about science is an active, not passive, process. The third principle is that science taught in school needs to reflect cultural and intellectual traditions that characterize contemporary science.
The association’s goals are listed above
They are science goals
But always wrong wild guesses of the future climate ARE NOT SCIENCE
They are climate astrology.
“…. needs to reflect cultural and intellectual traditions that characterize contemporary science.”
weasel word … allows ‘science’ to be defined in any manner that they see fit. The way it is written, it is not a ‘science goal’, it is a DEI goal.
‘Science is a subject for all students’ is, again, not a ‘science goal’. Although it may, and should, allow for a wider audience. But, as written, is and will be abused to promote a ‘social goal’ that has nothing to do with science.
“The third principle is that science taught in school needs to reflect cultural and intellectual traditions that characterize contemporary science.”
It’s meaningless because it can mean anything.
yuh, what’s science got to do with cultural and intellectual traditions?
it’s OK to guess about the future as long as you call it a guess or a prophecy but not settled science- there might be some science at work with your guess but it’s certainly not settled
the same is true of proxies for past temperature and climate- rough approximations at best
John Kerry rushes to defense of climate activist leaders who use private jets | Fox News
What’s John Kerry Doing in Mexico? – WSJ
Kerry is doing what he usually does: Harm the United States.
It’s a race to give away money.
Kamala Harris Pledges $100 Million to West Africa Nations to Fight Extremist ThreatSecurity aid will go to Ghana, Benin, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Togo after attacks in the region
“Global leaders who fly private ‘are working harder than most people’ to solve climate change, John Kerry says”
what an idiot! the man with the $700 haircuts! I suppose he needs those, being a superior being working so hard.
what my state of Woke-achusetts produces, along with Sen. Warren and Markey- and where Obama has his mansion on Martha’s Vineyard- the state that sued the EPA in the Supreme Court to force it to declare “the finding”- a state with a Net Zero law- etc., etc.
I bet the LBQGTXZY and Critical Race Theory booths are still set up.
no doubt those booths will be handing out brochures about the “climate emergency” and how it is far more threatening to non white and LBQG folks
«We Own The Science™»
Why did you agree to leave? If anyone told me I had to leave the convention I would have said “Make me”.
right- make them physically throw you out while your friends are filming it- it might even get on the MSM
I really got into it yesterday with one of my super lib neighbors. I had been helping her and local church with donations to help Afghan refugees families set up house. Many were females that had been educated for the first time in that culture and barely escaped with their lives and the clothes on their back. Most of the men are dead from fighting or execution.
So what’s this got to do with climate? I couldn’t resist saying how the exit was made 1000 times worse by Biden … and well? It was game on! She immediately went into a anti Trump rant, calling “us” Trumpyins,
MAGA extremist etc etc . I decided to cut to the chase and point out all the egregious cases of censorship weaponization of justice department, false warrant applications, Covid lies that -that stripped us of our most fundamental rights.
Basically tied it all together including the Scary climate propaganda crap (remember climate gate lady) discredited all her arguments at once. I did nt even have to bring up the references on my smart phone. One of my neighbors a career truck driver was out side and joined in with me with a list of high quality internet references!
Here is the amazing thing- she went silent and I actually think she is reconsidering some of her views. She was definitely stifled with no response.
Remember these people live in an echo chamber of lies and biased narratives. If we don’t confront these people on a personal level they won’t be exposed to the truth in their world. Next time the opportunity arises, go ahead speak up.
Congrats on at least opening a crack in the curtain. She must still be watching the msm, so she is getting hammered with that stuff & nonsense day after day. Hope your stalwart efforts work.
The evicted should at least demand /sue for reimbursement of their T&L (including deposits and added costs for having to make changes to their original plans).
The NSTA are yet another example of Pournelle’s Iron Law of Bureaucracy at work –
First, there will be those who are devoted to the goals of the organization. Examples are dedicated classroom teachers in an educational bureaucracy, many of the engineers and launch technicians and scientists at NASA, even some agricultural scientists and advisors in the former Soviet Union collective farming administration.
Secondly, there will be those dedicated to the organization itself. Examples are many of the administrators in the education system, many professors of education, many teachers union officials, much of the NASA headquarters staff, etc.
The Iron Law states that in every case the second group will gain and keep control of the organization. It will write the rules, and control promotions within the organization.
AS happens in Government. Thanks for the interesting reference.
Yes, we have a lot of bureaucratic house cleaning to do.
The mantra of the left. “Free speech for me, but not for thee. “
We have real-world examples all around us of the Right being censored by the Left.
The Left has control of the Megaphones of Society, and they use these Megaphones to promote themselves and censor their political opposition, the Right, from being heard.
The Leftwing/Democrat Media are the most dangerous organizations in the world when it comes to our personal freedoms. People can’t vote in their own self-interests when they are constantly lied to by the Leftwing Media who create a false reality where it is a good thing to vote for fools like Joe Biden.
You vote for Joe Biden and look what you get: A world in turmoil.
According to the left, free speech was never intended to cover hate speech.
The problem is the left defines hate speech as anything they disagree with.
Solar industry feeling the heat over disposal of 80 million solar panels
I think we are going to be seeing a lot of stories like this in the future.
the solar “farm” near my ‘hood, when 8 years old, had to replace many panels after lightning damaged them- I should try to find out what they did with the dead panels
Remember back in the day when everyone thought lawyers were nasty? And then they were replaced with journalist? Educators are now at the head of the nasty class. For every liberal/progressive group there is a season?
better to have questions that can’t be answered than to have answers that can’t be questioned
This will continue to get uglier and uglier. This is not Science but pure dogmatism. If yoiu choose “Science” you are on the side of the Scientific Method and against opinion, etc. Galileo Galilei often credited with origination of the Scientific Method was jailed for countering the majority of people believing in heliocentrism (earth being the center of the universe). Today the same dangerous types would jail Galileo for not extolling dangerous climate change. I say B.S. to all of those types.
I think you meant to say geocentrism rather than heliocentrism. The latter puts the Sun at the center of the solar system.
As a retired teacher of high school chemistry and physics, who still substitute teaches in science classes, I have seen first hand some pretty non-scientific teaching going on. For one thing, it seems the use of lab work has declined significantly among new teachers entering the profession, although the University of California system still requires 20% of the curriculum to be lab-based for applicants to U. C. Substitute teachers often find a science teacher’s plan to incorporate showing a video, (I often used that type of plan as well for subs) but sometimes the science presented is pretty sketchy. Subbing for a chemistry/physics teacher, I once showed a video that spent an hour discussing ocean acidification, but did not once mention the actual measured change in pH. That the actual change was perhaps from pH 8.2 to 8.1 on average, which is better described as neutralization than acidification was not mentioned, nor that the daily and seasonal pH changes are an order of magnitude greater than that.
Also, while if a teacher in the UK uses Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth video in class, he or she is required by law to mention 9 cases in which the video is wrong, but mention of those errors is not required in the USA, or at least in California.
Al Gore’s Climate Change Science Fiction film is not fit for English school children.
Al Gore should be ashamed of himself, except he is an ego-maniac who doesn’t feel any shame.
We need to get that English judge to rule on all this other BS (Bad Science) that passes for climate science! 🙂
they should show that clip of Gore screaming that the oceans are boiling
Yeah, Al was quite agitated at the time of this utterance. It’s like he *really* believed it.
Al is a real piece of work.
The claimed historical pH of 8.2 is an assumption based on a model because actual measurements were deemed unreliable. I don’t believe any uncertainty envelopes are attached to either number. Therefore, we don’t really know whether there has been a 0.1 unit decline in the average pH, or if the difference has any statistical significance that would allow us to conclude that the samples come from different populations.
I thought the science was settled. 🙂
One more nail in the coffin of public school teachers. Their reputation and honor were scraping the bottom of the barrel before this outrage now it is worse.
You know with certainty that people adverse to your well-being are trying to ram a fiction down your throat to erode your rights, protections and freedoms, when they refuse any attempt to examine their arguments and evidence, and they work insidiously to silence any rational voices.
The NSTA has become a propaganda arm for globalist elites who want to wrest any influence parents and caregivers have over children’s education so as to ensure that critical thinking and awareness of truth become scarce if not extinct.
Now is the time to record and remember all the names of those who tried to silence truth so that the future will hold them accountable.
When in the Course of governmental affairs, it becomes possible for the ruling class to ignore the regulatory constraints which have limited them to being equals in common with the rest of society, and that they attempt to assume among the powers of the earth a separate higher station, outside of the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that their deeds should be declared & recorded, such that they cannot avoid the future acts which may cause their head and body a just separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident ….
It is a fact, universally acknowledged, that a cult (as AGW surely is) when challenged resorts to extreme measures to shut down all criticism to ensure the overriding supremacy of its chosen narrative. Unfortunately, such extreme measure have the inverse benefit of highlighting the inadequacies of the supporting arguments whereupon the responses become increasingly strident and incredulous. As with previous cults eventually they become unsustainable and implode exposing the vacuity of the emperor’s wardrobe.
It’s been a great number of years since American students have been taught critical thinking skills. Instead of HOW to think, they are taught WHAT to think.
Some half a century (+) ago, I was friends with math teacher who had a master’s degree in math. At the time, my ‘freshman 101 introductory’ course in math was Calculus I, in order to obtain an engineering degree. The friend with the math degree had no calculus at all. I wonder if these ‘science teachers’ ever had the equivalent Physics 101 and Chemistry 101 (followed by 102 and 103) in order to get their teaching degrees. It looks like they didn’t.
I had to take numerous additional math courses before I could graduate. I also had Physics and Chemistry all through that first year. These three introductory curricula were called the ‘engineering dropout’ classes and only about 5% of us in that freshman class got through college with an engineering degree. Some of the ‘engineering dropouts’ went on to become teachers. From what it seems with today’s total lack of true science knowledge in the teaching community, it has gotten worse, not better.
The scientific method attempts to falsify all conjecture and hypotheses. That is exactly the objective. People who claim to teach that method should not be banning the participation of those who attempt follow the method. Thats bad juju for their organization.
Let me correct a few things in this story (story tip). The NSTA did not throw out the CO2 Coalition until the second day of the conference. They sent their Chief Operating Officer (Ryan Foley) to confront us. He indicated that the NSTA was not happy with the publications we were giving away.
Those publications included both the article critical of the NSTA support for climate hysteria and the illustrated materials we are publishing for children, including “Once Upon a Time,” “Simon, the Solar-powered Cat,” and the “Magic Mirror.” All are or will be available on our website (co2coalition.org) or a new CO2 Learning Center website that should be up and running in two weeks. All three illustrated stories are presently available on Amazon (Kindle), the first for free and the other two for $1.99. Teachers should be able to get copies for their students for free by contacting the Coalition.
When the Coalition’s Executive Director, Greg Wrightstone, tried to point out that we were only supporting the Scientific Method, the NSTA official drew a blank. We realized later that he had no educational background in the sciences or in education. That is very typical of so many who promote climate alarmism. They have no standing to do so. Our team included two PhD Chemists and our Executive Director with a Masters in Geology. The Coalition itself consists of about 125 high level scientists and economists.
Furthermore, the most recent teaching standards for American children no longer emphasize the Scientific Method as the basis of science. That is a travesty in itself.
As the author of the children’s stories, I wrote to the NSTA asking what they found objectionable about stories that teach very basic science about carbon dioxide and climate. They have not replied. That likely says that they cannot defend their actions or are too embarrassed to do so.
Before our team was thrown out of the conference on the second day, we enjoyed overwhelmingly positive feedback from the teachers in attendance and distributed many hundreds of our publications for children, far more than we expected to distribute.
Gordon J. Fulks, PhD (Physics)
Board of Directors
Arlington, VA USA