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Climate Science in Schools: the Next Evolution

On August 6th at 7:00 pm, in the Cowles Auditorium, we are hosting Dr. Eugenie Scott, Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education and author of Climate Science in Schools: the Next Evolution.

Americans remain skeptical of the science supporting climate change, even though there is no credible debate in the scientific community to refute the claim that human are contributing to climate change. Such misunderstanding is often fueled by the idea that to be balanced both sides of the climate debate must be presented. Acknowledging the human impact on climate change also has political implications for U.S. Government and many businesses and thus the validity of the science can become muddled in political debates.

So at this event we will discuss the state of national education policy surrounding the teaching of climate change in schools. Louisiana and Tennessee already allow educators to challenge accepted climate science in the classroom and more states are considering similar legislation. While policy is Minnesota has traditionally supported the environment, it is still a concern.

Quotes for teachers collected by the Will Steger Foundation, a partner for this event, indicate that many educators face challenges in discussing climate change:

"I have a hard time combating the political nature of the overall public debate in which my students have a lot of misinformation and are not open to looking at evidence in patterns of data."

"Students confusing the politics with the science."

"I work in a very conservative district. Climate change is a topic that often gets put aside as controversial."

Join us to discuss the future of climate science in our schools. The event is free and open to the public.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
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