Green Weenie of the Week: The Portland School Board
This is the least surprising thing Maddog has seen in a coons age.
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Portlandia is full of progressives willing to believe any progressive canard no matter how illogical, or ridiculous.
"The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution this week that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny climate change exists or cast doubt on whether humans are to blame.
It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux said during board testimony Tuesday. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”
Bill Bigelow, editor of the ReThinking Schools online magazine and co-author of a textbook on environmental education, worked with several environmental groups to present the resolution, the Tribune reported.
“A lot of the text materials are kind of thick with the language of doubt, and obviously the science says otherwise,” Mr. Bigelow said. “We don’t want kids in Portland learning material courtesy of the fossil fuel industry.”
He took particular issue with teaching materials that used iffy language when discussing climate change, like “might,” “may” and “could.'"
How long before they rename Lincoln high, Leni Riefenstahl Propaganda and Indoctrination School? There is little actual education occurring at Portland public schools , but this takes recycling, and greenweenieism to new heights of inanity.
The blog author, Steven Hayward notes:
"I’ve highlighted this last sentence because it means that Portland schools cannot use the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports on climate science, because those reports use the words “might,” “may,” and “could” throughout, along with the term “uncertain” or “uncertainty” (both of which appear hundreds of times in the IPCC reports on climate science).
This, for example, from the summary of the 2013 IPCC climate science report:
The size of this warming is broadly consistent with predictions of climate models, but it is also of the same magnitude as natural climate variability. Thus the observed increase could be largely due to this natural variability; alternatively this variability and other human factors could have offset a still larger human-induced greenhouse warming. The unequivocal detection of the enhanced greenhouse effect from observations is not likely for a decade or more. (Emphasis added.)
Oh dear. There’s those prohibited words, right there in the “consensus science” document. Better not let Portland school kids see this. They might become “confused.” Heh. Who’s anti-science now?"
Maddog and family move out of Portlandia because it was run by a menagerie of lunatics, the schools badly managed, reduced to teaching recycling, and other inanities. It seems it was a good choice. Now the PPS is reduced to teaching fallacies.