This is what is meant by a liberal education. This is how science advances, not by assumptions but by requiring actual proof. Sadly, this places public schools ahead of the American Physical Society, the lading group of physicists.
The West Virginia Board of Education voted 6-2 Thursday to adopt an amended set of science standards for West Virginia schools. The amendments came at the request of Board member and previous Board President Wade Linger.
The controversy over the Next Generation Science Standards began in December of last year when Linger moved to amend the standards about climate change. At the time, Linger said he didn't believe human influence on the global change was a "foregone conclusion."
At that meeting, state Board members voted to return the standards to a 30-day public comment period instead of voting on the proposed amendments. The move came at the suggestion of the state's Chief Academic Officer Clayton Burch.
During Thursday's meeting, Burch and his staff presented the results of that comment period to the full Board. The Department of Education received nearly 7,000 comments and, of those, about 6,500 were positive, in support of the standards as written and adapted by West Virginia teachers.Linger is a computer scientist.
For 2,500 years, scientists assumed the Earth was the center of the universe. Galileo was punished for daring to discuss it.
Global warming may be true. But given the fascist tactics of its proponents to silence critics, I highly doubt it.