I know this may sound hypocritical after posting yesterday my distaste for childhood indoctrination, but I feel I need to do a better job preparing my children to defend their (our?) opinions.
M is taking AP Environmental Science. The class was asked to debate Global Warming. M said most of the class believes that it is occurring, but one student, the “smartest in the class” did not. She said he believes the planet is in a regular warming cycle and the resources on earth are here for the man’s consumption. Sadly, this young man won the debate.
I asked her if she tried to present the opinion of the consensus of science. She said she didn’t feel like she knew enough to challenge him. This disappoints me, for if she had told me earlier I could have directed her to Realclimate.org or the very wonderful chart on Information is Beautiful.
And yes, there is a consensus, as this chart so beautifully illustrates:
Don’t you love how the denier is standing on her head?