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A New Champion in the Battle Against Global Warming Denial

Eugenie Scott and the National Center for Science Education

It is rare that I build episodes of Point of Inquiry around news or breaking events. This week, though, I made an important exception.

I interviewed Eugenie Scott, the longtime head of the National Center for Science Education, about her new push into defending the teaching of accurate climate science in classrooms. Climate has fast become the “new evolution” when it comes to attacks on teachers who simply share mainstream scientific knowledge with their students–and there was a crying need for a national organization to get involved in supporting teachers, disseminating accurate information, and rebutting misleading educational materials on climate change.

And no one has more experience in this general area than Eugenie Scott and NSCE.

That is not to say it is going to be easy. The climate issue is extremely ideological and people are highly polarized–and in some communities, the weight of sentiment is going to be very much pitted against accurate climate education. It will be very difficult to make headway in such contexts–especially since, as Scott explains in our interview, legal recourse does not seem to be an option (unlike it is when creationism gets taught).

Nevertheless, if anyone knows how to navigate the politics of science and schoolboards, it is Eugenie Scott. I wish her well in her new endeavor and am glad to have such a strong ally.

For more information on NCSE’s new climate initiative, see here. For my Point of Inquiry interview with Scott, see here.

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