Hollywood spouse and apparent climate expert Laurie David has a piece in today’s WaPo, expressing outrage that corporate America is helping to support science education in the schools. As outrages go, this one is truly a head-scratcher. Her latest rant was triggered by the National Science Teachers Association’s refusal to accept 50,000 free copies of Al Gore’s one-sided propaganda film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” a political film with a political message made by a once and likely future Presidential candidate.
David smells a rat since NSTA is the recipient of corporate largess supporting science education in the schools, presumably an otherwise-laudable goal. Seems that the nation’s premiere organization of science teachers demurred because they didn’t want to offer a “political” endorsement of the film. What?!? The nation’s science teachers are concerned about politics masked as science? Go figure. A portion of Corporate America’s contributions, says David, supports a program that brings “standards-based teaching and learning” into the school. Oh, the horror. Imagine if standards-based teaching caught on — where would it end?
David, of course, has been widely critiqued for her hypocrisy, Gulfstreaming around the country and fouling up the wetlands in Martha’s Vineyard, site of one of her many homes — all energy-efficient, no doubt. Every one of them. As for the “Gulfstreaming” of liberals, said Greg Easterbrook, quoting Eric Alterman, “Conservation is what other people should do.”
But the piece doesn’t fall for hypocrisy alone, although it’s an eyesore. She also is just flat wrong on the facts, referring twice to “shortfalls in education funding” and “tight education budgets.” This when education budgets are at all-time highs, far outpacing student performance. No matter. This alleged shortfall is the gap through which corporate America is rushing, filling it all with so much propaganda in David’s view. Like programs that support standards-based teaching and learning.
We noted a piece last week that critiqued Al Gore’s dismissal of peer review. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer has hunted down those who disagree with him on climate change with unequaled zeal. This Star Chamber “off with their heads” approach to this debate by the left is a new low — even for the left. This is a world where no dissent is entertained, where skeptics are harassed and intimidated. Whatever happened to open debate?
For our part, we applaud the move of the nation’s science teachers, who teach the scientific method every day, who hopefully are instilling in young minds some degree of curiosity, inquisitiveness and yes, even skepticism. In the end, that’s what science teachers are supposed to be teaching.
Maybe David should pitch Al’s movie to the teachers of politics — or fiction.
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