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Mass Climate Disobedience in Texas?

The self-descriptive online propaganda tool SolveClimate selectively "reports" that despite a new rule implemented last year by the Texas Board of Education, which would allegedly require "teachers to cast doubt on human contributions to climate change," that students and educators are largely ignoring it.

By on 6.4.10 | 3:30PM

The self-descriptive online propaganda tool SolveClimate selectively "reports" that despite a new rule implemented last year by the Texas Board of Education, which would allegedly require "teachers to cast doubt on human contributions to climate change," that students and educators are largely ignoring it:

In fact, dozens of inquiries failed to turn up one science teacher in Texas whose approach to the subject of climate change has been at all affected by the amendment to the state science curriculum. The standard has also done nothing to turn students against the consensus view of man-made global warming, according to educators.

As proof ClimateSolver Julia Harte interviewed three science teachers -- one of which was not subject to the new rule because he teaches at a private Catholic school in Houston -- who testify that their teaching, and students' views, haven't changed much:

Some even said that their students are more receptive than ever to the established science. 

"It's too 'in the news' for it to go away," said Paul Caggiano, an environmental science teacher at St. Pius X High School in Houston. "When I ask a kid to do a current events report, they're not going to come up with a skeptical view of climate change. They're going to see it for what it is."

Wonder why that is?

Nor does Caggiano think spending more class time on climate change skepticism would change students' ultimate conclusions on the topic. The evidence for dangerously quick climate change is too ubiquitous for students to ignore, he said.

After teaching the basic principles that govern Earth's climate and the various ways humans have affected the environment, Caggiano shows his students two documentaries about man-made climate change, An Inconvenient Truth and The Eleventh Hour, and asks them to take pro or con sides on the messages in the films.

Even in Houston, "a big oil and gas town, and very much entrenched in that mentality," 95 percent of his students agree that human activity is the cause of the current rapid changes in the climate by the end of the course, Caggiano said.

I guess he shows DiCaprio's film to balance out Gore's film, and then he bludgeons the students into submission in the pro-or-con debate. See? One man can change an oil town!

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