Thursday, March 7, 2013

Chomsky: On ALEC's Anti-Climate Education Policies

Gotta love Chomsky!!!
Been reading him for decades

Yesterday he published an article that showed up on Truthout this morning.
Well worth your reading time

Thursday, 07 March 2013 09:12 By Noam Chomsky, Truthout | Op-Ed
Let’s keep to the most critical immediate problem that civilization faces: environmental catastrophe. Policies and public attitudes diverge sharply, as is often the case under RECD (really existing capitalist democracy).

The fact that the public is influenced by science is deeply troubling to those who dominate the economy and state policy.

One current illustration of their concern is the “Environmental Literacy Improvement Act” proposed to state legislatures by ALEC, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a corporate-funded lobby that designs legislation to serve the needs of the corporate sector and extreme wealth.

The ALEC Act mandates “balanced teaching” of climate science in K-12 classrooms. “Balanced teaching” is a code phrase that refers to teaching climate-change denial, to “balance” mainstream climate science. It is analogous to the “balanced teaching” advocated by creationists to enable the teaching of “creation science” in public schools. Legislation based on ALEC models has already been introduced in several states.

Of course, all of this is dressed up in rhetoric about teaching critical thinking – a fine idea, no doubt, but it’s easy to think up far better examples than an issue that threatens our survival and has been selected because of its importance in terms of corporate profits.

Literally, Yep - If the corporate and legislative members of the ultraconservative, extremist, right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council have their way.

One of my most favorite people.
Just happens to write about my most favorite subject.

It’s a good day!

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