Texas is one of just six states to receive an “F” grade for its teachings of climate change in public schools, according to a Thursday report by the left-leaning Texas Freedom Network Education Fund and the National Center for Science Education.
A natural gas facility near Coyanosa, Texas, Aug. 12, 2020. (Jessica Lutz/The New York Times)
The report said Texas’ standards “largely ignore the issue” of climate change and generally fail to acknowledge the seriousness of the crisis. The findings come as Texas is in the process of updating its science curriculum standards, which will be finalized next month.
“Scientists have long warned that climate change would lead to increasingly extreme weather events, and it’s critical that education policymakers in Texas and elsewhere act with the urgency the crisis requires,” Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund, said in a release. “This means