By Hemant Mehta
New Mexico is on a path to adopt science standards for all public school students that would eliminate mentions of evolution, the age of the Earth, and global warming.
You wouldn’t know it, though, because the state’s Public Education Department based their own curriculum on the Next Generation Science Standards, a 2013 list adopted by 26 states. But New Mexico revised the list to take out the bits they deemed too controversial for children.
Among those changes, the proposal would eliminate a reference to Earth’s “4.6 billion year history” and replaced it with “geologic history” in the middle-school curriculum.
It also omits a reference to a “rise in global temperatures” and replaces it with “fluctuations” in temperature.
Another omits the word “evolution” and replaces it with the phrase “biological diversity.”
They’re trying to apply both-sides-ism to science, even when experts are virtually all in consensus on these issues. By suggesting there are alternatives to these accepted theories, state officials are watering down students’ education and suggesting viewpoints that have no credibility among practicing scientists.
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