|Group think in public education|
|Written by Kristin McMurray|
|Monday, 14 June 2010 14:38|
One of the major arguments made by Global Warming alarmists is the band wagon appeal, saying there is a consensus on the science. This excuse is especially present when asked why man-made climate change is being taught in science classes around the nation.
Politicians, like Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, throw out numbers like "4,000 scientists" believe Global Warming to be man-made. However, even the IPCC says that it's dozens of scientists, not thousands, that believe Global Warming to be man-made. According to an article in the Herald Sun:
Andrew Bolt, the author of the article, raises the question of group think. If these dozens of scientists only share favorable information with each other, how long till they succumb to group think?
We've seen these results in school children who've been forced to watch An Inconvenient Truth for years, with no conflicted arguments presented to the classroom. Education should be about teaching the process of critical thinking, but instead we seen it degenerate to memorization of facts, or sometimes propaganda. It is time to bring balance back to the classroom and teach both sides of the climate debate to children. Let them make an educated decision on where they want to stand on a controversial topic. This is why Not Evil Just Wrong is working with the Independent Women's Forum on a Balanced Education for Everyone, to bring balance back to the science discussions in your school.
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