'First, the non-climatic effects of carbon dioxide are dominant over the climatic effects and are overwhelmingly beneficial. Second, the climatic effects observed in the real world are much less damaging than the effects predicted by the climate models, and have also been frequently beneficial.'

Freeman Dyson,

in Foreword to http://www.thegwpf.org/content/uploads/2015/10/benefits1.pdf

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Climate Curricula in Schools: education or indoctrination with 'allowed pre-approved thoughts'?

People's Cube
If state schools really are intent on injecting 'allowed pre-approved thoughts' into children on such topics as climate change, then homeschooling will be an important option for parents who would prefer their children to be educated, optimistic, well-informed, and able to think for themselves. 

 The 'thoughts' that would be of particular concern on this blog are of course the bog-standard, off-the-shelf, anti-humanity, pro-'the environment', fear-driven to win their attention, politics-driven to win their commitment, ones in and around climate variation and the attribution of a dominating influence to carbon dioxide.  Thereby giving it a role in the climate system which it does not seem to have ever had in the past.  As for the present, the climate system continues to behave just as it might if the additional CO2 was of negligible importance - and that is a 'business as usual' hypothesis which no observations of temperatures, of sea states, of ice, of storms, of missing tropospheric hotspots, etc etc etc etc have been found to refute.

The graphic is from an unusual site in the States, called 'The People's Cube' which describes itself as portraying 'America Through the Eyes of a Former Soviet Agitprop Artist'.

Homeschooling over there seems to be growing in popularity, e.g. 'According to a research by National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI) in 2010, homeschooling is growing at a rate of 2-8% every year making it the fastest among different forms of education.'  Source.