Mere days after stepping into a major political mess, Gov. Ritter announced an ambitious plan to tackle the problem of global warming. Perhaps he aspires to win the Nobel Prize. More studied individuals than myself can break down the economic costs of his proposals, and I look forward to seeing those analyses.
For now, though, I wanted to focus on one aspect of Ritter’s 33-page “Climate Change Action Plan”:
Climate curricula. The state will work through the Governorâ€™s P-20 Education Council and others to make sustainability curricula become standard fare in K-12 classrooms throughout the state. Todayâ€™s students will be living in a warmer climate resulting from the activities of previous generations. They need to understand the science of climate change, what its impacts will be on their lives, and how to critically evaluate the steps needed to reach our 2020 and 2050 emission reduction goals. Students will also need academic and technical skills to be ready for jobs in the New Energy Economy.
Unlikely to be included in the curriculum for all Colorado public school students are the well-accredited scientists featured on this 8-minute YouTube video, as John Stossel says “Give me a break.” Or the information included in “Snowjob”. Can we expect the curriculum to be balanced by the Heartland Institute’s Global Warming education site as a resource – including their 10-question quiz? Maybe the problem is that Ritter himself has yet to take the quiz.
Al Gore hath spoken: The Global Warming Debate is over…despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary. But Ritter has swallowed it hook, line, and sinker. And he thinks every public school student in Colorado should be force-fed it, too. “Local control” is a convenient mantra for the state’s liberal elites to squelch choice and competition or standards for accountability. But foisting statewide sex education standards or fearmongering climate propaganda on our kids is no problem.
Apparently, the agenda of union bag man Gov. “Algore” Ritter won’t be slowed down by either facts or concerns about your freedom. Remember, Colorado, what you get when you put the Democrats in charge.