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The NCSE Reports on Rhode Island Climate Science Education Failures


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Personal)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/07/08

According to the NCSE, the Rhode Island’s House Resolution 5563 did not pass or “died” on March 27, 2019.

This specific resolution, 5563, was asking the department of education to develop a set of climate and environment principles, and concepts. Those would be incorporated in the curricula.

This would assist to “ensure that teacher professional development on the Next Generation Science Standards” utilize the climate as an important “exemplary anchor phenomenon” or a point of import regarding education.

There would be online materials online alongside this. The point, of course, is for the improved educational standards around climate and environmental literacy.

At the same time, there is a concomitant call for the necessity of students t know the derivative effects, down the stream problems created from the climate crises facing us, in their lifetimes.

As noted in the resolution, only 30% of middle school students and 45% of high school science teachers are adequately informed on these other issues surrounding and positively correlated with the climate problems ongoing and further upcoming.

“The resolution was sponsored by Terri-Denise Cortvriend (D-District 72), Kathleen A. Fogarty (D-District 35), Lauren H. Carson (D-District 75), Teresa A. Tanzi (D-District 34), and Justine A. Caldwell (D-District 30).”


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