Friday, March 23, 2007

Are You Smarter Than a Sixth Grader?

It's good to know that some kids are still being taught to think critically for themselves, and the result was a jury of sixth graders concluding that human beings don't cause global warming.

There are so many wonderful things in this article that need to be pointed out.

First, and most timely, is the heated exchange at the climax of the trial. Whereas those defending Global Warming Alarmism "slapped" cute charts onto the prosecution's table and blustered loudly, "We've proven you wrong!" the prosecution simply gave a rational rebuttal to an emotional argument by pointing out that the data was unreliable when taken out of its context.

Second is what followed the first point: the rational argument won the day.

Third is the fact that the teacher and his assistant, who held views against and for Global Warming Alarmism respectively, presented the issue objectively to the class and allowed them to make their own decision based on the facts. It's much more often the case that one side is presented as fact while the other is presented as a competing and untenable theory (if it's presented at all).

Fourth is the obvious concern of one parent over what their child was being taught, to the extent that they were willing to restrict their child's participation if the issue was going to be taught unobjectively.

And of course the final point is that this teacher, in addition to rejecting the religion of Global Warming Alarmism also rejects the religion of Darwinian Evolution. He's a teacher after my own heart :)

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