Portland Public Schools Ban Books That Deny Climate Change

PolitiChicksSometimes parents question novels that teachers have students read in class. Usually these parents are called Hitler and accused of wanting to ban or burn books.  However if you’re a district person or a school board, you can ban important curriculum without too much push-back at all.

Oregon approved the new Franken-science that is Common Core aligned a couple years ago, after much objection from certain parents who were actually paying attention to what was happening. The new standards definitely push man’s role as being the driving force behind climate change. It also pretty much scares the devil out of kids, making them believe that the planet will spontaneously combust one day because they once used hairspray. Okay, maybe that’s an exaggeration, but we all know that climate change champions like to use fear to gain control over people.

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The Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution this week that bans textbooks and other teaching materials that deny climate change exists or cast doubt on whether humans are to blame.

The resolution, introduced by school board member Mike Rosen, also directs the superintendent and staff to develop a plan for offering “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice.”

I have to ask: What is “climate justice?” Is the weather going to somehow start demanding equal…something? I don’t even know. Maybe it will start to march, making demands like “Climate Matters!”

Anyway, back to the topic at hand. If the education system is touting critical thinking as one of the things that Common Core is going to be “teaching” then why are they removing something that would, in fact, be a great critical thinking exercise?

Many people who believe in climate change refuse to even acknowledge that the debate is still raging. It is a highly contested, controversial topic.

Why are we teaching it to children as if it’s fact and not presenting the other side?

Why is it so hard to see that presenting both sides would be healthy for students? They can look at both sides and research on their own while coming to their own conclusions.

This effectively removes one side and claims it’s the truth. Maybe PPS needs a new motto: We Promote Critical Thinking – Unless It’s About Climate Change.

Is it possible that they are completely banning this side of the story because they don’t want the kids to maybe see something they don’t want them to? Like, perhaps the truth?

The truth is this: man made climate change is not a proven fact. To present it like it is negligent. Shame on these board members. If you need proof that the education is brainwashing kids look no further than the comment that one student made regarding the issue:

“It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux said during board testimony Tuesday. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”

Well that does it for me, folks. A hormonal teenager has used big words and made me see that the crisis is urgent and I need to be brainwashed too. I mean, I need to stop using aerosol cans. And driving. And breathing too much.


Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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