It’s Not Just CRT, Trans, & Explicit Content – K-12 schools should stop brainwashing kids about climate change

K-12 schools need to stop brainwashing our kids on climate change

Hammering K-12 school children nonstop about the dire effects of climate change, even in gym, math and art, is child abuse.

Barely a third of fourth graders can read or do math at grade level, according to the latest national scores, but climate activists are demanding kids hear about global warming in every subject.

New Jersey mandates it, and now Connecticut is following suit as the school year opens.

In New York City, Mayor Eric Adams is requiring every public school participate in Climate Action Day.

The climate push is nakedly political, spearheaded in New Jersey by the governor’s wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy, a founding member of Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project.

Lessons link urban heat islands to tree-placement inequities, redlining and racism.

New York City holds out teen activist Greta Thunberg as a climate hero and role model, telling kids to “get involved in the global student climate action movement” and “get to know community leaders and register to vote.”

Everything short of pre-enrolling kindergarteners in the Democratic Party. Parents should be outraged.

Climate change is the left’s religion. The messaging is as heavy-handed as catechism in a religious school.

It’s also scary. Children are being told that global warming is killing their favorite animals.

At Stackwood Elementary School in Jersey, first graders are taught that transportation, heating and raising livestock “are making the earth feel unwell.”

The reality is that these children are too young to comprehend the ethical and economic trade-offs of eliminating fossil fuels.

A first grader doesn’t know Mommy can’t afford an electric vehicle — average price $53,000.

First graders don’t understand the impact on their family’s budget when the Con Ed bill doubles to pay for the shift to wind and solar, which New Yorkers are warned will happen here.

The United States has already reduced emissions of the six most toxic pollutants by 78% since 1970, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

But try explaining that to a first grader, who doesn’t know percentages and has no frame of reference for comparing the US record with, say, the soaring pollution rates in China and India.

These issues are appropriate for high-school students, and they should be presented as controversies — with all viewpoints included.

Younger children should be taught about the wonders of nature, learning to identify mammals, reptiles, fish and birds, oceans, plants and deserts.

Fire damage is pictures as US President Joe Biden (out of frame) visits to an area devastated by wildfires in Lahaina, Hawaii on August 21, 2023.
Some are blaming the Maui wildfires on climate change.
AFP via Getty Images

Climate education advocates say they’re just teaching “facts” everyone agrees on. Don’t buy it.

A poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University of 400 geologists, climatologists, meteorologists and other scientists found that 41% do not believe global warming will cause “significant harm during our lifetimes.”

A majority doubt we’re facing a significant increase in severe weather, though that is what teachers are telling kids.

Teachers are warning kids the Maui fire and smokey air that blanketed parts of the United States due to Canadian forest fires were caused by global warming.

Wrong, explains renowned Danish economist Bjorn Lornborg. Fires are less frequent worldwide than in previous years.

Eliminating fossil fuels on the radical left’s timetable will clobber ordinary people, costing jobs, raising living costs and weakening America’s position in the world.

Yet climate-change educators oppose any discussion of the cost of getting to zero emissions.

California, New York and Oregon are considering mimicking New Jersey’s “every class is a climate class” curriculum. But some states are resisting.

Texas authorities are urging districts to present the pros and cons of fossil fuels and avoid textbooks that present only one side.

That’s smart considering how many moms and dads there earn a living in carbon-related industries.

In Ohio, Republican state lawmakers want to require publicly funded colleges to present all viewpoints on climate change, “encouraging students to reach their own conclusions,” and not to “inculcate any social, political or religious point of view.”

Good luck enforcing that on college campuses. But it should be the rule in every public school.

Parents: Stand up to the indoctrinators. Ramming the same scary message into your child’s head over and over again in class after class is brainwashing.

Public schools should not resemble North Korea’s reeducation camps. This is America.

Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.

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