UPDATED 9:36 AM PT – Monday, July 8, 2019
Teachers in many K-12 schools are reportedly teaching students the supposed dangers of climate change despite no formal training or appropriate textbooks on the subject.
Teachers in Oklahoma have decided to teach about so-called climate change, while claiming to be under funded and not knowledgeable on the subject. That’s according to a report published by the Washington Post over the weekend. Oklahoma is a state with many workers in the oil and energy industry.
“So, I don’t think that climate change denial’s the main problem. The problem that teachers face around this topic is that it’s complicated, it’s hard to teach, it’s hard to learn and it’s not part of the curricula that they’re accustomed to teaching.”
— Charles Anderson, professor – Michigan State University
Many teachers have defaulted to searching online, while discussing “cherry-picking” as a tactic used by climate change skeptics.
“If you were to just do a Google search, I would say a lot of stuff, it would be difficult to filter through that stuff,” said 8th grade science teacher Sarah Ott. “There is a lot of information, worksheets, materials out there that have been crafted specifically to misinform people.”
A review process done by the ‘Clean Project,’ an institution funded by the Department of Energy and founded during the Obama administration, found only 700 out of 30,000 resources deemed “acceptable” for educational purposes heavily favor pro-climate.