‘Scaremongering at its highest level’: Utah parents and residents criticize proposed classroom science guidelines on evolution and climate change

Mar 30, 2019 by

Nearly every person who grabbed the microphone at a state education hearing Tuesday night offered a different reason why they believed the proposed standards for teaching Utah students about science were faulty, inaccurate or skewed.

“This is scaremongering at its highest level being taught to our kids,” said resident Pam Allen. “Our children deserve the truth. And they can’t protest what they don’t realize is a hoax.”

Allen took issue with the earth science guidelines that ask students to find evidence that human activity is a contributor to global warming. But that wasn’t all. The information on biology, she suggested, will also provide too secular a view of the world where evolution is presented as fact and the Bible is ignored.

Almost all of the dozen people who filled the seats around her nodded their heads in agreement. A lot of the ideas, one geologist added, are based on data manipulation to support a liberal, “politically driven agenda.” A dad said he doesn’t want his kids to be taught the big-bang theory. A mom was opposed to the phrases “climate change” or “renewable energy” being included anywhere in the material and criticized the recent climate march by students at the Capitol.

The public meeting Tuesday was the final of six for Utah parents and teachers to comment on the science standards after the state board of education voted to release them in early January for feedback. For more than 90 minutes, the attendees waved peer-reviewed journals and flashed credentials to argue their opposition.

Source: ‘Scaremongering at its highest level’: Utah parents and residents criticize proposed classroom science guidelines on evolution and climate change – The Salt Lake Tribune

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