Nebraska education board looks at climate-change teaching
August 5, 2017
Updated: August 5, 2017 4:44pm
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Supporters and critics have sounded off at a Nebraska Board of Education meeting on a proposal to include the teaching of climate change in Nebraska public school science classes.
That’s a change from an earlier draft in May that treated climate change as settled science. But some people argue the new language isn’t strong enough.
Doug Kagan, representing Nebraska Taxpayers for Freedom, said there is a “furious ongoing debate within the scientific community about the actual role that humans play in global warming.”
David Harwood, a geology professor with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, countered: “Climate change is happening,” he said. “It is caused by human activity.” Harwood is member of the standards writing team and urged the board to retain climate change, along with evolution, in the draft standards.
Michael Fryda, an Omaha high school science teacher and the 2010 Nebraska teacher of the year, also urged the board to adopt the climate change-inclusive standards.
The board is set to vote on the new standards next month.
Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com