Wyoming is first state to reject science standards

May 08, 2014 by Bob Moen

Wyoming is the first state to reject adopting new K-12 science standards proposed by national education groups.

The Wyoming Board of Education decided recently that the Next Generation Science Standards need more review after questions were raised about how the standards address man-made .

Wyoming is the nation's leading coal producing state.

Opponents argue the standards incorrectly assert that man-made emissions are the main cause of global warming.

Supporters of the standards say the climate-change components are based on sound science developed by leading scientific organizations around the world.

A California science instructor who reviewed the standards for the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a conservative think tank that focuses on education issues, says the standards are so difficult to navigate that they can cause confusion about its climate-change components.

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rwinners
4.4 / 5 (7) May 08, 2014
Seems that the good people of Wyoming are bound and determined to keep their youngsters down on the farm... or ranch....

Sad
rockwolf1000
5 / 5 (7) May 09, 2014
Seems that the good people of Wyoming are bound and determined to keep their youngsters down on the farm... or ranch....

Sad


Ya but it's what their corporate masters in the coal lobby demand.
cantdrive85
1.4 / 5 (10) May 09, 2014
So Wyoming is the only state that realizes "science" has become politicized?
Modernmystic
1 / 5 (5) May 09, 2014
Seems that the good people of Wyoming are bound and determined to keep their youngsters down on the farm... or ranch....

Sad


Ya but it's what their corporate masters in the coal lobby demand.


Well you're half right. It is political reasons that are the cause of this, but it isn't the "coal lobby". It's more about not wanting another huge government power grab over the most important sector in the economy.

Give up the ineffective and hopeless policy lines and you'll see a change...and not just in Wyoming.
TegiriNenashi
1.7 / 5 (6) May 09, 2014
Do they imply that removing climate change/disruption (whatever) and other politically correct bullshit from curriculum would affect education quality?
PinkElephant
4.4 / 5 (7) May 09, 2014
Do they imply that removing climate change/disruption (whatever) and other politically correct bullshit from curriculum would affect education quality?
No, they want to inject Wyoming-style politically correct bullshit about AGW not being real. They can't abide real science, because it stands in opposition to their politics and their chamber of commerce master class.
PinkElephant
4.4 / 5 (7) May 09, 2014
So Wyoming is the only state that realizes "science" has become politicized?
That, or Wyoming is at the forefront of politicizing science. But it'll have a hard go for first place given the likes of Tennessee and Louisiana (which'll take those corporate-sponsored 'climate uncertainty' memes, and layer the religious cherry of creationism on top...)
Caliban
5 / 5 (5) May 09, 2014
Here are some additional considerations that need to be taken into account(in general):

http://www.altern...&t=3

But I'm still inclined to agree that Wyoming"s decision, in particular, was driven by special-interest politics, aka Big Carbon.

Captain Stumpy
5 / 5 (6) May 09, 2014
So Wyoming is the only state that realizes "science" has become politicized?
That, or Wyoming is at the forefront of politicizing science. But it'll have a hard go for first place given the likes of Tennessee and Louisiana (which'll take those corporate-sponsored 'climate uncertainty' memes, and layer the religious cherry of creationism on top...)

I second this... it is much more likely that they are politicizing it for their own ends...

take a look at certain bible belt states forcing creationist views to be taught along side actual science... with all the corruption of science in creationist propaganda etc it is every bit as relevant as teaching pseudoscience as actual science. next thing you know they will be teaching Tarot 101 and Definitive Palm Reading for skeptics to high schooler's as it is every bit as scientifically based as creationism, the denialist crowd, or the electric universe (at least CD can get a job teaching then)
cantdrive85
May 09, 2014
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PinkElephant
5 / 5 (5) May 10, 2014
@Captain_Stumpy,
next thing you know they will be teaching Tarot 101 and Definitive Palm Reading for skeptics
You left out other traditional educational essentials such as Alchemy and Astrology. The latter is particularly important, considering how much of an industry is built on it and how regularly it is perused by the typical American... especially in the self-styled 'Heartland'... An exemplary job-creating and productivity-boosting key ingredient in the brave new world of the 'Service Economy', if ever I've heard of one ;-)
tdw
1 / 5 (1) May 11, 2014
Seems that the good people of Wyoming are bound and determined to keep their youngsters down on the farm... or ranch....

Sad


Or perhaps they read some of the many peer reviewed papers contradicting man made global warming.

http://hockeyscht...-of.html
tdw
3 / 5 (2) May 11, 2014
@Captain_Stumpy,
next thing you know they will be teaching Tarot 101 and Definitive Palm Reading for skeptics
You left out other traditional educational essentials such as Alchemy and Astrology. The latter is particularly important, considering how much of an industry is built on it and how regularly it is perused by the typical American... especially in the self-styled 'Heartland'... An exemplary job-creating and productivity-boosting key ingredient in the brave new world of the 'Service Economy', if ever I've heard of one ;-)


Rule For Radicals #5: "Ridicule is man's most potent weapon." There is no defense. It's irrational. It's infuriating. It also works as a key pressure point to force the enemy into concessions."

You are a neo marxist after Obama's own heart.
Captain Stumpy
5 / 5 (2) May 11, 2014
Or perhaps they read some of the many peer reviewed papers contradicting man made global warming.

http://hockeyscht...-of.html
@tdw
your link is to a blog, not a peer reviewed study.
you are not presenting any peer reviewed studies as proof or refute, and did not read the whole conversation.
Blogs have all the same validity and authority as bottled fairy flatulence sold in Mexico, or leprechaun urine in South Africa. IOW - none

please link the studies... IF they are reputable. I cannot speak for others but I don't even bother opening blogs etc any more. if it aint a reputable site with scientific data, or a peer reviewed study, etc, then it aint worth my time.

PS. it was not ridicule, it was more like hyperbole for analogous purposes, and quite a good one at that.
Uncle Ira
3 / 5 (2) May 11, 2014
I hate to admit that you Skippys might be right about the Louisiana. Them Big-Oil-Skippys got a lock on most of the peoples here, even the coonass peoples like me. They ruining the wetlands in a very bad way down here and offering the oil jobs makes the peoples not care like they should care. Ol Ira ain't no very old man no but even I can tell the difference from what it was when I was the p'tit boug. And my granddaddy used to tell it was like a different country when he was the young boy.