ALL KIDS DESERVE THE BEST CLIMATE SCIENCE EDUCATION AVAILABLE.
Science education that includes the facts about climate change is being withheld from kids across the country. Wyoming recently became the first state to prohibit adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) — world-class standards for K-12 students developed by the National Academy of Sciences and 26 states — solely because the NGSS include climate science. Oklahoma legislators recently voted to reject NGSS because of the climate science content as well, and similar challenges to these research-based science standards are brewing in other states.
Legislators should not pick and choose among scientific topics based on their political views. Climate change is threatening the health and well being of communities across the country. Withholding evidence about our changing climate, and the cross-disciplinary scientific facts that explain it, robs from students the opportunity to formulate solutions to the biggest global challenge their generation — and succeeding generations — will face.
America’s kids deserve to learn about climate change as part of a 21st century science education. For that reason, it is time to affirm a Climate Science Students Bill of Rights: