The Kentucky Board of Education voted yesterday to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards for use in Kentucky’s public schools without even questioning this particularly problematic part of the package (which was brought to the attention of several board members before the meeting):
ESS3.D: Global Climate Change
• Human activities, such as the release of greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, are major factors in the current rise in Earth’s mean surface temperature (global warming). Reducing the level of climate change and reducing human vulnerability to whatever climate changes do occur depend on the understanding of climate science, engineering capabilities, and other kinds of knowledge, such as understanding of human behavior and on applying that knowledge wisely in decisions and activities. (MS-ESS3-5)
Notice the underlined part of this standard (underlining added by me) is presented as an absolute fact – not even just a prevailing theory – A FACT! That ties teachers’ hands about how they will have to teach it.