Portland Schools Ban All Climate Skeptic Material

Having problems getting people to believe what you’re telling them? Well, you could show them convincing evidence based on facts and science. Or…

(Portland Tribune) In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.

“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”

The resolution passed Tuesday evening calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible. The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develop an implementation plan for “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools.”

This is the authoritarian, fascist penchant of the Cult of Climastrology, part of the overall Progressive movement. Censorship and outright banning of anything that doesn’t conform to their narrow political dogma. Education? For Progressives it’s about brainwashing and forced compliance, not teaching kids to evaluate all the material and make up their own minds.

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13 Responses to “Portland Schools Ban All Climate Skeptic Material”

  1. JGlanton says:

    Next they will ban books containing references to free-markets, capitalism, individual responsibility, American exceptionalism, two-parent homes…

  2. Jeffery says:

    We should teach science in science classes, otherwise we will fall even further behind other, more technologically advanced nations.

    If the right-wing had their way we’d still be teaching the “controversies” about the age of the earth and about the fact of biological evolution.

    Save the “controversies” for sociology class, religious studies and political science. Teach science in science classes.

    Here are some good discussions for sociology:

    “Some scientifically illiterate societies believe the earth was created by a magical being some 6000 years ago as deduced from their religious texts.”
    “Although research continues, the biological evolution of plants and animals is a well accepted fact in the scientific community supported by overwhelming evidence, yet, some organizations (e.g., The Discovery Institute) cling to the religious belief that a supernatural being or force created all life as we know it, and create “research” to support their beliefs.”
    “Some people, mostly suburban white liberal moms, claim that vaccinations cause austism and other diseaes, although there is no evidence to support their claims.”
    “The evidence supporting the theory that human-generated carbon dioxide is causing the Earth to warm is overwhelming, yet some factions, mostly US conservatives, deny that this is happening. This movement is largely financed by the fossil fuels industry who would suffer economically if restrictions are placed on the production and use of carbon dioxide emitting fossil fuels.”

    But what are you going to teach the kids in science class about global warming, vaccines, geology and evolution? Of course you teach them the best scientific understanding at the time.

    Billy: “Teacher, our preacher said God controls the weather, not man.”
    Science Teacher: “Well Billy, your preacher also believes it rained for 40 days and 40 nights covering the entire Earth in water, and that Noah saved a boy and a girl of each of the many millions of species of plants and animals and living things that are not exactly plants or animals on a boat until the water went away. I want you to think skeptically about just one thing Billy: Where did all that water go?”
    Billy: “The preacher says it was a miracle and it’s not right to question such things.”
    Science Teacher: “Well Billy, science doesn’t deal with miracles and magical things, only things that can be measured.”
    Billy: “Oh, like the temperature with a thermometer!”
    Science Teacher: “That’s right, Billy.”
    Billy: “My uncle JimBob says the scientists made up all the… uh… uncle JimBob said a bad word here… I’ll just say “stuff”… stuff so they could take over the world and make us live in a cave and pee with girls and uh… stuff. I like caves but I don’t want to pee next to a girl! That’s gross.”
    Science Teacher: “Your uncle JimBob is full of… uh… stuff, and you’ll be better off to ignore him, especially when he’s drinking beer and watching TV.”

  3. John says:

    Teach should Pirtland also ban teaching that the Earth is only 10000 years old or that some people also say that the Holocaust never happened?
    About 2 out of three Americans believe that the climate is changing because of AGW
    That includes 40% of Republicans
    Teach do you believe in that Biblical malarkey that says the Earth is less than 10000 years old and that the Grand Canyon is proof of the Great Flood? Those are common beliefs if the anti science crowd

  4. david7134 says:

    Jeff, John,
    Congratulations, you have out done yourselves on stupidity.

  5. Liam Thomas says:

    Legislate, Regulate and Litigate.

    It is how they prove to the world that theirs is the truth.

    Do not let opposing opinions be heard.

    It simply boggles the mind that Jeff and John and all the other far left loons are so willing to give up free speech…….as long as its the free speech of others.

    I wonder how they would feel if the schools started banning any literature on Socialism or progressivism or abortion or Gun Opposition, or gay rights or abortion and only taught that you MUST have your child, YOU MUST believe in God or you MUST believe in the world is 10,000 years old…..etc…etc…etc.

    Legislate, regulate and litigate…….its the bible of the left……..IF YOU DONT SEE EYE TO EYE WITH US……we will take away your free speech by legislating and then litigating you into compliance.

    Good bye America….Jeffery once asked what freedoms Im being forced to give up…….how about the rights of schools to teach BOTH sides of a POLITICAL OR SCIENTIFIC DEBATE…….

    nope aint gonna happen…….legislate or regulate your free speech and then litigate you if you do not comply.

    And they call the right fear mongers..when the left quietly just threatens to jail you or take away all you own for opposing their legislated and regulated political correctness.

  6. drowningpuppies says:

    Portland has become the ‘Facebook of Public Education’.

  7. Jl says:

    As I saw…Portland, circa 1416. The Portland School Board unanimously approved a resolution that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny the earth is the center of the universe, the earth is flat, and the disease is caused by something other than bad air. And yes, John you did out do yourself.

  8. John says:

    Actually more and more Americans ( who have been bombed more than anyone else) are changing their minds about AGW
    Climate change denial should not be taught in school. Neither should Holocaust denial nor 9/11 truthism
    Also the Civil War wasn’t fought over states rights, unless you mean the right to enslave sell whip and rape other human beings

  9. gitarcarver says:

    Climate change denial should not be taught in school.

    john is afraid of honest debate whether it be in a public forum, a private company or within schools that are supposed to be teaching kids to think and not just regurgitate what they are told.

    Neither should Holocaust denial nor 9/11 truthism

    Actually, you are wrong. If you don’t teach them, how do you expect people to counter them? Is your method of teaching kids to think critically to say “stomp your feet and repeat the same thing over and over again and that will make it true!” like you do here?

    Also the Civil War wasn’t fought over states rights, ……

    Your statement is why we need a better education system. The Civil War was one of those conflicts that had many causes. There was no simplistic “this is the cause of the Civil War” “silver bullets” that describes the causes of the war.

    Most serious students know this.

    The fact you would would put this out there shows that 1) you are ignorant of the subject matter which means you should stay away from any topic on how people should be educated. Or 2) you are just being a troll.

    BTW – john, you never did respond to the fact that the AG’s in the climate lawsuits broke the law and knew they were breaking it. Is it your position that the AG’s should be able to break the law with impunity because you agree with their flawed theory?

  10. Jeffery says:

    Teach science in science class. Scientific findings contradict the religious and ideological beliefs of some. Tough. Teach science, not mythology.

    Teach the “controversies” and their associate myths in sociology, political science or religious studies.

    In geology you teach that the Earth is 4 billions year’s old, but not that some “scientists” believe it to be only 6000 years old. Save that for the humanities. The young Earth “theory” is not banned, it’s just not suitable for geology class.

    You teach that the Earth is warming from CO2, but not that a few “scientists”, fossil fuel lobbyists and GOP cranks believe it’s warming from magic. Save that for political science. The magic “theory” of global warming is not banned, it’s just not suitable for Earth Science.

    In biology you teach that environmental pressures select for gene expression patterns that lead to increased reproduction or survival of reproductive aged organisms. You don’t also teach that a supernatural being created all organisms de novo. That belongs in religious studies or sociology. Again, no ban, it’s just not appropriate for science classes.

    Far-right extremists have been commandeering text books for many years now. During the 2012 presidential election, Rick Perry said, “In Texas we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools.”

  11. gitarcarver says:

    Teach science, not mythology.

    So you are for teaching against the AGW mythology.


  12. Jeffery says:

    So you are for teaching against the AGW mythology.

    99% of scientists disagree with you.

    What part of AGW can you show to be mythology.

    Earth is rapidly warming. Check.
    CO2 is increasing steadily. Check.
    CO2 increase is from human’s burning fossil fuels. Check.
    CO2 absorbs infrared wavelengths, warming the atmosphere. Check.
    Ice sheets, glaciers and Arctic ice is melting. Check.
    Sea level is increasing. Check.
    pH of oceans is decreasing. Check.
    Oceans and atmosphere exchange heat. Check.

    These are the facts. They are not in dispute. Which of these demonstrated facts do you deny? If a teacher taught these facts what would you want to add to make the science class less about “mythology”.

  13. gitarcarver says:

    These are the facts. They are not in dispute.

    Actually they are in dispute Jeffery. And you know it.

    Furthermore, the conclusions that human activity is the only cause of warming is not supported. It is also interesting to note that more actual scientists are getting away from the AGW idea.

    But of course, you are for stifling any dissenting voice.

    Leftists cannot accept people that disagree with them.

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