WASHINGTON, D.C. – Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy wants America’s K-12 schools to teach man-made climate change as a scientific fact and in such a way that students feel personally affected by the threat and inspired to become environmental activists.
McCarthy, who was appointed to her post as EPA chief in June 2013, made the announcement in a puff interview with IrishAmerica.com.
When asked by the news site if climate change should be part of the educational system, McCarthy answered, “Very much so.”
The bureaucrat continued:
I think part of the challenge of explaining climate change is that it requires a level of science and a level of forward thinking and you’ve got to teach that to kids.
People didn’t have a sense of how dramatic climate change really is, and what it means for all of us. So that’s been a challenge. But what’s great about renewables is that when you put a solar panel on the roof of a school, you change the entire dynamic of education for the students. It’s hands-on.
When you wanted to get people active in the environmental world a while ago it was recycling, because you could do it yourself. Part of the challenge today is to make all of these things [affecting climate change] personal enough so that people can get engaged and get active, and feel like there are things we can do together. That’s the hump we need to cross in climate control and I think we’re doing that. I really do, I think people are getting active and engaged.
McCarthy will soon be getting her wish if states adopt the new Common Core-related science learning standards. Officially, they are known as “Next Generation Science Standards,” and according to the New York Times, the standards “assert that human activity has affected the climate.”
Matt Teeters, a Wyoming Republican lawmaker who helped lead the fight to ban “Next Generation” in the state, said the nationalized standards “handle global warming as settled science.”
However, “12 states and the District of Columbia,” have adopted the Next Generation standards, USNews.com reported in June.
Of course, a state doesn’t have to have man-made global warming embedded in its learning standards for its students to get that message in the classroom. Activist educators throughout the U.S. have been scaring their students about the threat of global warming for years while teaching them to become little eco-activists.
If anything, McCarthy’s announcement will simply embolden these left-wing educators to ramp up their efforts even more.