A state legislator in Oklahoma wants academic freedom when it comes to school curriculum on man-made climate change.
According to Oklahoma State Senator David Bullard (R), anyone who says the question of climate change is settled science is not really being scientific – and educators, he argues, should be allowed to use arguments from skeptics.
"We want them to use good, objective, peer-reviewed scientific evidence and bring up both sides of the debate, because we don't believe that these things are settled," says Bullard, a former school geography teacher. "We want [teachers] to get into a critical-thinking model."
According to an Associated Press report, Bullard's assertion that both sides of the climate-change argument need to be presented was countered by this statement from a climate scientist at the University of Illinois: "You can't talk about two sides when the other side doesn't have a foot in reality."
Bullard proposed a bill to include skeptical arguments in curriculum on climate change. It failed in committee, but Bullard chalks it up to his not working with members on the legislation prior to its introduction.
"When we run it next time that bill will have a good consensus before I get there," he promises. "It's just a rookie mistake."
But Bullard isn't alone in his efforts. AP reports that legislators in Connecticut and Virginia also have concerns about climate change curriculum.