As parents around the country are locked in a battle against things like Common Core essentially wrestling for the soul of their children, the parents in Utah are now waging a similar fight.
Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, Utah reports that the Utah Board of Education is trying to change the Science curriculum for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders so that it includes teachings about Climate Change and evolution. In fact the Utah Board, according to Fox 13, says the kids need this education mainly because the subjects are taught in areas of higher learning:
“SALT LAKE CITY — For the first time in more than 20 years, the Utah Board of Education is updating their Science Standards.
The board is in the process of traveling across Utah, getting feedback from parents and teachers regarding some of the new areas of study being proposed. On Wednesday, the board was in Provo.
Two areas of study that many parents at the meeting had concern over are evolution and global warming.
…The Utah Board of Education said issues like evolution and global warming may be controversial, but they are still part of science–and students need to learn about them.
“We want to prepare kids as much as possible for college and career readiness, right, and every college in our state and every college in the nation discusses it,” said Ricky Scott, State Science Specialist. “When it comes to science, we’ll be teaching evolution, we’ll be teaching climate change, and our kids need to have a foundation and an understanding of those things.”
But many parents are pushing back by saying that this isn’t about updating the science curriculum. It’s actually a fight between what families want to teach in their kids in their homes and what a centralized education system wants to push on them at school.