Indoctrinating the Green religion and its threat of hell on earth 11

There was a time, between the mid 1960s and the collapse of the Evil Empire around 1990, when little children were raised by “progressive” parents to fear that a terrible nuclear war was about to destroy all life on earth, starting at any moment, and all because the Western world was armed with nuclear weapons. The instilling of terror in the poor tots could not start early enough in the passionate opinion of hippie and New Left moms and dads. Ghoulish lullabies were sung to babies about carrion crows sitting on their cradles.

By winning the Cold War, the wicked West – led by Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher – put an end to that scam. Though maybe not to the effects of the dread deeply implanted in two or three generations of children.

What is it with the Left that it wants to instill anxiety and fear in their kids? Do they want their nights riven with shrieks as junior wakes hysterical from a nightmare? Seems so.

They’re at it again. This time the bed-time story – and the day time lesson – is that the earth is about to heat red hot, boiling oceans are about to rise and flood the continents, all the cuddly white polar bears will drown (because they cannot swim and have to to dwell on ice floes which will melt under them), the tops of the mountains will lose their pretty caps of snow, fish will mutate into Jesus Christ or Charles Darwin, and all because the wicked West won’t stop using aerosol cans, herding flatulent cows, driving motorcars, and breathing out.

This is from Front Page, by Mary Grabar:

Under [Arne Duncan’s] watch the Department of Education has become a propaganda arm used to influence the next generation to accept the idea of catastrophic man-made climate change as per the UN, the Environmental Protection Agency, and such groups as the National Wildlife Federation. 

In a multi-pronged approach, the Department is teaming up with various non-profit and government organizations and curriculum companies to promote “fun” contests and activities for students, while promoting the next phase of Common Core “State Standards” — in science.

For example, the Department’s latest Green Strides newsletter (February 28) announced three contests for K-12 students who display their agreement with the government’s position on climate change.

In that newsletter, the Department of Education announced that another federal agency, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], and its National Environmental Education Foundation, have “launched an exciting video challenge for middle school students called Climate Change in Focus”.  In this contest, middle school students are asked to make a video that “expresses why they care about climate change and what they are doing to reduce emissions or to prepare for its impacts”.  To win loyalty to the EPA, it is announced that winning videos will be highlighted on the EPA website. The effort sounds like the kids’ cereal box promotions of yore: the top three entries will receive “cool prizes like a solar charging backpack”,  winning class projects will receive special recognition for their school, and the first 100 entrants will receive a year’s subscription to National Geographic Kids Magazine.

Another contest, National Wildlife Federation’s Young Reporters for the Environment, invites students “between the ages of 13-21 to report on an environmental issue in their community in an article, photo or photo essay, or short video”. Entries should “reflect firsthand investigation of topics related to the environment and sustainability in the students’ own communities, draw connections between local and global perspectives, and propose solutions”.

Students are also encouraged to make nominations for “Champions of the Earth”, a “UN-sponsored award for environment, Green Economy, and sustainability”. …

Students already get exposed to climate change and sustainability in textbooks which are bought with taxpayer funds, as well as in videos and online materials produced by taxpayer-supported Public Broadcasting. Many students, of course, have had to sit through Al Gore’s documentary, An Inconvenient Truth. …

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) — the next phase of Common Core — will make the situation worse, however. Students will be even less capable of distinguishing science from propaganda. These standards, like those for math and English Language Arts, were produced by Achieve, a nonprofit education group started by corporate leaders and some governors.

Started by lefties is our guess. Sensible decision to be “non-profit”. Who would buy their product?

As in the standards for English Language Arts and math, the NGSS are intended to be transformative, or as Appendix A states, “to reflect a new vision for American science education”. They call for new “performance expectations” that “focus on understanding and applications as opposed to memorization of facts devoid of context”. 

In plain words, indoctrination – teaching what to think,  instead of education – teaching how to think.

And they can even manage to do this with the teaching of Mathematics. Wow!

It is precisely such short shrift to knowledge (dismissively referred to as “memorization”) to which science professors Lawrence S. Lerner and Paul Gross object. The standards bypass essential math skills in favor of “process”, they asserted last fall at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation blog. [They said that] Common Core standards, in all disciplines, are written with a lot of fluff to conceal their emptiness. …

Lerner and Gross condemn the “slighting of mathematics”,  which does “increasing mischief as grade level rises, especially in the physical sciences”. Physics is “effectively absent” at the high school level. … [They] attack the “practices” strategy, as an extension of the “inquiry learning” of the early 1990s, which had “no notable effect on the (mediocre) performance of American students in national and international science assessments”. 

With some sarcasm, they write, “It is charming to say ‘students learn science effectively when they actively engage in the practices of science’.” However, … beginners don’t and can’t “practice” [science]  as do experts. The practices of experts exploit prior experience and extensive build-up in long-term memory of scaffolding: facts, procedures, technical know-how, solutions to standard problems in the field, vocabularies — of knowledge in short.

Not only do the Next Generation Science Standards shirk the necessary foundations in math and science knowledge, but they explicitly call for including ideological lessons, such as “Human impacts on Earth systems”.

For grades K-2, students are to understand, “Things people do can affect the environment but they can make choices to reduce their impact.” In grades 3 through 5, students will learn “Societal activities have had major effects on the land, ocean, atmosphere, and even outer space. Societal activities can also help protect Earth’s resources and environments.” …

The objective, of course, is not teaching legitimate science, but indoctrination.

Amazingly, ten states have already voluntarily adopted the Standards.

Such efforts, coordinated by the Department of Education, threaten the future of science itself.

When will this lunacy pass? We venture to state our secret conviction, hoping the all-powerful EPA Gestapo is not listening:

The planet we live on is not under any existential threat. And if it were, there’s not a thing anyone could do about it. 

So sleep well, children. Happy dreams.

  • liz

    Science education- ALL education, has become nothing more than propaganda for the left, as has the media. It is lying, manipulating, “social engineering” mind control.
    Not only does the EPA and Department of Education need to be abolished, but the entire public education system, which is rotten to the core.
    And what, under the control of our government, isn’t ?

    • donl

      Last night on the Stossel show repeat, there were interviews with normal working folk…looked to have washing machines and education (that’s the problem) and consistently they all believed government should be involved in solving problems and acted as if the money to pay for government actions just magically appears.

      Inevitably, central government advocates toss out the lighthouse and highways as evidence that gov’t can do good or is the only provider for some things.

      heh, heh…shipbuilders of the era of sailing knew how to get gov’t to fund lighthouses…they too understood ‘crisis’ for all it’s worth and political patronage priviledges. As for highways…good job…what is rush hour across the world but the failure of gov’t mamagement of highways…not even mentioning the theft of all the sales tax money for infrastructure maintenance. And, tainted movies like Robocop distort whereby privatization of police or defense is considered impossible…just more indoctrination.

      Great free book, as PDF – Walter Block ” The Privatization Of Roads & Highways”:

      http://library.mises.org/books/Walter%20Block/The%20Privatization%20of%20Roads%20and%20Highways.pdf

  • donl

    In the late 1800s, the large meat packers , Armour, Swift, etc., having failed to self-cartelize (new investment brought competitors given their own higher price manipulations and cartel members breaking their vows …honor among theives my a__) they decided to get government to institute the cartelization and to manage it by imposing competitor destroying regulations on themselves. Yes, they created their own crisis which the population then clamored for government to fix. They enlisted the intellectuals, academics, media and progressives in manipulating the population…they were rewarded well.

    The banks, suffering the same cartelization problems, borrowed the strategy and this led to the FED. And again the military industrial complex used the same crisis needs fixing methodology… new crisis every budget cycle…hmmm,..Crimea and the Hagel reductions? Incidentally, it is observed the reduction in troop size does not reduce defense spending. In fact it increases $28 Billion for expenditure on per troop hardware…fewer soldiers with more gear. In all instances of crisis, big business is in bed with progressives, media and bought & paid for experts/ intellectuals. Ah, the pope and the other religious slime are in there too, getting there share of the mind manipulation plunder.

    Anyway, you can bet there is a green house mfg base behind the green house stooges. Oh hell, we know there is; It is a contrived scenario. I’ve said it before: it only gets worse as every students A is another nail in America’s coffin. The very first thing the progressives/Fabians/socialists did in the late 1800s was to take control of education with the resources provided by big business. In 1894, Bellamy gave us the pledge of allegiance which is a socialists pledge that no one ever questions; merrily we roll along, roll along….

    The only cure is to get folks using common sense…a contra education strategy. That’s another dissertation too long for this post. Point: the opposition holds the educational ground…asking questions that make people stop and think is a solution – Do you know what fractional reserve banking is? Do you really believe our founders would approve of making you buy something you don’t want? Why a civil war to end slavery when every other western nation ended it by paying off slave owners…which Lincoln knew and refused to do?

    OK, I’m done! LOL.

    • liz

      By the way, thanks for recommending that book on Lincoln. I’m reading it now – very informative!
      Although it’s rather depressing to realize just how far back in history – and therefore how deeply imbedded in the structure of government – all this corruption goes.

      • REALBEING

        I love reading about Abraham Lincoln! I’ve several books on him. My second favorite figure from that era is Robert E. Lee.

        I did not care one bit for the “Lincoln” movie with Daniel Day Lewis, however. I felt that they should’ve called it “How the Thirteenth Amendment came to be.” Hardly anything pertinent about Abraham Lincoln in the movie.

        • liz

          I didn’t see the Lincoln movie but remember thinking at the time that it was an insult to Lincoln the way every one used it to liken Obama to him.
          After reading the (above) book, I think it’s actually a pretty good comparison, to Lincoln’s detriment.

          • Don L

            Liz, again I recommend the follow on book “Lincoln Unmasked. Additionally, where did Lying Lincoln get the ideas, by DiLorenzo too: “Hamilton’s Curse: How Jefferson’s Arch Enemy Betrayed the American Revolution–and What It Means for Americans Today”

            And, for more unrevised history, check out Burton Folsom Jr’s “The Myth of the Robber Barons” & “New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR’s Economic Legacy Has Damaged America”.

            A great book by DiLorenzo that is a freebie PDF: “Organized Crime: The Unvarnished Truth About Government” – http://library.mises.org/books/Thomas%20J%20DiLorenzo/Organized%20Crime%20The%20Unvarnished%20Truth%20About%20Government_Vol_3.pdf

            For anyone interested…the Mises Institute makes all their books available for free. See them all, eBook & PDF formats at: http://mises.org/Literature/Format/9/ebook-epub

            • liz

              Thanks!

          • Don L

            Ah, a good comparison would be Lincoln and Putin. Lincoln was the model for every tyrant that followed. Putin is saving the union, imprisoning dissenters and crushing the press…say what? Nobama is just a pretentious jerk…dangerous, harmful…an enemy… but still a clueless jerk.

      • Don L

        You are welcome. Be sure and get the follow on book written 2 years after: “Lincoln Unmasked”. It introduces more info and answers the Myth Advocates’ attacks.

  • REALBEING

    Most folks go through their entire life and never challenge their
    beliefs, which usually spring from their parent’s or their friends
    unchallenged beliefs, anyway.

    Perception and unbiased qualification is a thinker’s bread and butter. A trained scientist will tell you that it is all we have to go on.

    But some “thinkers” alliances are misplaced, as they will do or say anything to support the agenda they’ve given their integrity over to.

    Superstition and insecurity rule the days of the disillusioned. They’ve put their stock and trade in these two imposters. Religions make a living off these “living dead.”
    The religion of the Climate alarmists continues to filter out the facts that they feel might harm their agenda.

    This is one huge reason that we must adhere to facts with proofs. These
    remain steadfast during the ambushes set up by the Socialists.

    Misinformation and stupidity abound, and are commonplace with these mongrels.