Global warming fanatics indoctrinate school children
If you're a concerned parent, you should fight for your child. Be prepared to confront your local school board if it forces students to jump on the climate change bandwagon.
Earlier this week, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review examined the growing and dangerous trend of forcing public school children to worship at the altar of global warming hysteria.
"A seemingly harmless bill in the California State Assembly — mandating that 'climate change' be among the science topics taught to all California public school students — has ominous implications nationwide," the newspaper says.
California has always been the start of most looney tune concepts, but how La La Land goes, so goes the rest of the country.
If California, which is the nation's largest purchaser of textbooks, forces publishers to include global warming as part of the science curriculum, children all over the U.S. will be force-fed distortions pushed by left-wing radicals like Al Gore.
"The climate change textbook curriculum could give the politically correct progressives that infest California state government the opportunity to indoctrinate America’s public school students," the newspaper states on its editorial pages.
The global warming propaganda has already seeped into public schools across the country, including Pennsylvania. I received a phone call from the mother of a student in the Owen J. Roberts School District in suburban Philadelphia. Her 14-year-old son was forced to watch "An Inconvenient Truth" as part of his 9th-Grade science class.
Since the Gore "mock-umentary" was too long to show in one class period, the students had to watch it over two days. The students were also forced to fill out a worksheet about all the "facts" they learned from Al Gore's film.
When the mom found out from her son about being forced to watch the film, she took him out of the class for the second half of the film. I applaud the mother for having the courage to stand up for her student.
Despite all the hoopla by the liberal media, Gore's film has been discredited in a British court when a judge ruled last year that parts of the film exaggerated or fabricated the impact of global warming on our planet.
The judge found nine factual errors (we call them lies in this country) spoken by Al Gore in the film. An expert witness who testified at the trial said he uncovered at least 20 "inconvenient truths" in Gore's film.
According to a posting on Britain's The New Party Web site, among the inaccuracies are:
• The film claims that melting snows on Mount Kilimanjaro evidence global warming. The British government expert defending the showing of the film in classrooms was forced to concede that this is not correct.
• The film suggests that evidence from ice cores proves that rising CO2 causes temperature increases over 650,000 years. The judge ruled that the film was misleading; over that period the rises in CO2 lagged behind the temperature rises by at least 800 to 2,000 years.
• The film uses images of Hurricane Katrina devastation and suggests a link to global warming. The government's expert had to accept that it was "not possible" to attribute one event to global warming, according to the court transcript.
• The film shows the drying up of Lake Chad in Africa and claims this was caused by global warming. The government's expert had to accept that there was no evidence of this.
• The film claims a study showed that polar bears had drowned due to disappearing Arctic ice. The court ruled that Gore misread the study. The four polar bears drowned during a particularly violent storm, not because of global warming.
• The film predicts that global warming could stop the Gulf Stream, throwing Europe into another ice age. This may have been the plot of a movie, but the court ruled there is no scientific evidence for the theory.
• The film blames global warming for species losses including coral reef bleaching. The British government expert could not find any evidence to support Gore's claim.
• The film suggests that sea levels could rise by 7 meters causing the displacement of millions of people. The evidence is that sea levels are expected to rise by about 40 centimeters over the next 100 years and would not cause a massive migration.
• The film claims that rising sea levels has caused the evacuation of certain Pacific islands to New Zealand. The government’s expert could not substantiate this. The court observed that this appears to be a false claim.
British schools must now issue a written warning to students before they show "An Inconvenient Truth" in classrooms. No such warnings are required in the United States. Why not?
The liberal infiltration of public education has been well documented. It had been confined to political science and social studies class. Now the far left idealogues are taking over science classes.
"Given the political climate of the Left Coast, the biggest threat of such a curriculum is that liberals will turn young minds into mush," the Tribune-Review editorial states. I couldn't agree more.
If you're a concerned parent, you should fight for your child. Be prepared to confront your local school board if it forces students to jump on the climate change bandwagon. You send your kids to school to learn, not be brainwashed by far left propaganda.
Tony Phyrillas is a leading conservative political columnist and blogger based in Pennsylvania. He is a veteran journalist with 25 years experience as a reporter, editor and columnist for several newspapers. Phyrillas received recognition for column writing in 2010 from the Associated Press Managing Editors, in 2007 from Suburban Newspapers of America and in 2006 from the Society of Professional Journalists, Keystone Chapter. A graduate of Penn State University, Phyrillas is the city editor and political columnist for The Mercury, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning daily newspaper in Pottstown, Pa. In addition to The Mercury website (www.pottsmerc.com), his columns are featured on more than a dozen political websites and blogs. Phyrillas is a frequent guest (and occasional host) on talk radio and has been a panelist on the "Journalists Roundtable" public affairs TV program on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN). Phyrillas was named one of the '10 Leading Greek-American Bloggers in the World' in 2007 by Odyssey: The World of Greece magazine. BlogNetNews.com ranked Phyrillas the Most Influential Political Blogger in Pennsylvania for three consecutive years (2007-2010). You can follow Phyrillas on Twitter @TonyPhyrillas