On Monday I wrote about Gov. Ritter’s plan to impose Greenhouse Global Warming hysteria on Colorado’s public school classrooms. David Harsanyi’s Denver Post column today explores the issue with more skilled and entertaining prose:
Not long ago, Ritter assembled the P-20 Education Coordinating Council to foster a “seamless education system from pre-school to grad- school.” Nowhere in the literature of the P-20 Education Coordinating Council – and I’ve looked far and wide – does it mention anything about the educational system being used to politically indoctrinate children.
Yet, the Climate Action Plan says that “the state will work through the Governor’s P-20 Education Council and others to make sustainability curricula become standard fare in K-12 classrooms throughout the state.”
Standard fare? I’m a weird person. I don’t want social conservatives teaching my kids about creationism. I don’t want Republicans teaching my kids about balanced budgets. And I don’t want Democrats teaching my children global-warming hysteria.
Harsanyi brings a certain logical consistency to his argument that others do not. Environmentalists on the secular Left don’t want taxpayer dollars to fund Creationism in the classroom but have no problem spending your dollars indoctrinating kids into the shaky pseudo-science of Greenhouse Global Warming.
Harsanyi and I agree on the simple policy remedy, a pro-freedom solution:
Give parents a choice. Let them take their hard- earned tax dollars and pick a school that conforms to their value system. For instance, schools that avoid political indoctrination and teach kids subjects of value.
Some would suggest that to truly prepare kids for Ritter’s “New Energy Economy,” a level of proficiency in English, math and hard science would serve them best.
Read the whole thing.