New Mexico’s Republican Governor wants science education to retreat to the Dark Ages

❝…In an attempt to make it easier for states to handle science education a bit better, a group of prestigious scientific societies banded together to make their own science education standards. The resulting Next Generation Science Standards were offered to the states free of charge, allowing them to be adopted in their entirety or modified to fit a state’s needs.

❝ Last week, it became apparent that New Mexico’s modification of the standards was a bit extreme, eliminating references to climate change, the age of the Earth, and evolution. And this week, some New Mexico legislators are blaming it on a misguided attempt to “politically sanitize” the science…The problems came to light earlier in September, when New Mexico’s Public Education department released a formal notice that it was seeking input on new science standards…Mother Jones decided to have a look at some of the changes, and they were rather striking.

❝ For example, a mention of “Earth’s 4.6-billion-year-old geologic history” was chopped down to “Earth’s history,” neatly getting rid of the information about how old it is. A reference to the evolution of life was cut entirely. The clear rise in global temperatures was swapped out in favor of talk about temperature fluctuations. In short, the proposed new standards get rid of basic facts, specifically in areas that are politically or culturally contentious…for Republicans and other anti~science nutballs.

The one thing that was missing was why. This wasn’t a case of local politicians messing with science education as a part of their platform, as has happened in Texas and elsewhere…Two Democratic lawmakers have pointed the finger at the state’s Republican governor, Susana Martinez. The lawmakers, Bill McCamley and G. Andrés Romero…had been supporters of a bill that would see the Next Generation Science Standards adopted verbatim, a course that had been recommended by a panel of education experts organized by the state. The bill passed both houses of the state legislature but was vetoed by Martinez

You don’t have to be trapped by Know-Nothings in the American Confederacy to have children’s education threatened by bigots and superstitious fools. Martinez is governor by virtue of a Democrat Establishment throwing away easy electoral opportunities to satisfy a cabal more concerned with lineage in political power – than issues.

3 thoughts on “New Mexico’s Republican Governor wants science education to retreat to the Dark Ages

  1. Burqueño says:

    New Mexico’s largest school district joins backlash against the state’s Public Education Department’s science standards changes http://nmpoliticalreport.com/602812/aps-joins-backlash-against-peds-science-standards-changes/ The Albuquerque Public School board voted 5-1 to send a letter disapproving of the changes, which included removing specific references to increasing global temperatures and the Earth’s age, to the state Public Education Department. These revisions caused an outcry. Scientists from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories were among those who criticized the changes.
    The one APS board member who opposed sending the letter was Peggy Muller-Aragón, who won a seat on the board thanks, in part, to spending from SusanaPAC, Gov. Susana Martinez’s political action committee. Earlier this year, Martinez vetoed legislation that would have required science teachers to follow the NGSS. In her veto message, Martinez said it would be more appropriate for PED to implement the standards through rules rather than putting it in statute.

    • Think of the children™️ says:

      Santa Fe NM: Overflow crowd opposes state’s proposed science standards http://nmpoliticalreport.com/630982/overflow-crowd-opposes-states-proposed-science-standards/ Hundreds of New Mexicans waited in Santa Fe outside the Jerry Apodaca Building on Monday morning. They were there to share their thoughts about the statewide science standards proposed by the Public Education Department’s (PED) acting Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski. People started arriving an hour-and-a-half before the start of the 9:00 a.m. hearing, and others didn’t leave until almost 2:00 p.m. Some New Mexicans stood in line for more than three hours, waiting for their names to be called so they could enter the building, stand before public officials in a small auditorium and speak for three minutes each.
      But Ruszkowski did not attend the hearing, which frustrated many in the crowd as that news trickled out of the building to those waiting outside.
      On Sunday, the Albuquerque Urinal published an op-ed from the acting secretary who called for people to set aside politics and put “kids first.”

  2. Dumbing-down says:

    “An apparent attempt to water down language about evolution and climate change in the guidelines for science education in New Mexico met with protests this week at an eventful public hearing at the Public Education Department’s offices in Santa Fe.” (New York Times Oct 20, 2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/20/us/new-mexico-science-standards.html
    “New Mexico PED to drop some edits to science standards; opponents still question change” (Las Cruces Sun-Times Oct 19, 2017) http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/new-mexico/2017/10/19/new-mexico-ped-science-standards-revisions/780827001/ “The state Public Education Department has agreed to eliminate the most controversial edits it made to the Next Generation Science Standards, but many opponents say those changes don’t go far enough.
    Education Secretary-designate Christopher Ruszkowski said his department will restore a reference to the age of Earth and add the word “evolution” back into another section as a response to criticism raised by hundreds of scientists, teachers and others.
    The revisions, however, appear to leave in place most of the state’s proposed edits to the NGSS that the Public Education Department announced last month.”

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