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North Idaho schools cut through the climate debate by teaching kids to think like scientists
Pacific Northwest Inlander ^ | March 8, 2018 | By Wilson Criscione

Posted on 03/08/2018 11:41:40 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer

Somewhere in the process of digging down through 7 feet of snow near the top of a mountain, measuring the snowpack and jotting down numbers, Cheyenne Kiecker discovered something that, for her, felt impossible: Maybe she does like science after all.

In February, Kiecker and her classmates studied the snow at Lookout Pass in North Idaho. She learned how the snow impacts the runoff into streams and rivers and lakes, how it affects the fish and the spring foliage, how it changes the wildfire season. And she's learned that in recent decades, the snowpack in the very spot she and her classmates dug into has trended downward.

"It was really interesting to think about how the snow I was looking at impacts everything I deal with on a daily basis," Kiecker says. "I never thought about these kinds of things."

In a state where some politicians have argued human-caused climate change shouldn't be taught in schools, the project has given students the chance to discover it for themselves.

"The intent of this program was to show students science," says Jim Ekins, an educator for University of Idaho Extension who helps coordinate the project. "As they become more science literate, it's a whole lot easier to understand the data that supports anthropogenic climate change."

Some lawmakers feel both sides of what they call "the debate" around global warming should be taught. But for those involved in The Confluence Project, it's more important to teach kids how to be scientists. That way, says Ekins students understand it in a more "profound way."

(Excerpt) Read more at inlander.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; US: Idaho
KEYWORDS: brainwashing; globalwarming; hoax; propaganda; socialism
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Jim Ekins has a natural resource degree from Western Carolina University and a master's in natural resources planning from University of Oregon. He worked in three national parks, on a research base in Antarctica and in wetland restoration for watershed councils in Oregon and Idaho. He's an avid canoeist, skier and runner.

Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945.

1 posted on 03/08/2018 11:41:40 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Remember, kids, adjust the data until it supports your conclusion. That’s how real climate scientists do it.


2 posted on 03/08/2018 11:44:49 AM PST by BinaryBoy ("Immigration Reform" is ballot stuffing)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Funny, I was taught the scientific method.


3 posted on 03/08/2018 11:45:46 AM PST by taxcontrol (Stupid should hurt)
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It has to be human caused because who else could be manipulating the data? /s


4 posted on 03/08/2018 11:48:55 AM PST by Peter ODonnell (The president is a good man -- that's why they are out to get him -- where have we seen this before?)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
Maybe learn to clean up your room, help mom in the kitchen, help dad in the yard, do your homework without being told.....stop farting and exhaling...

Do your part!!

5 posted on 03/08/2018 11:49:16 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Science uses the scientific method.

Climate “science” does not use the scientific method.

Instead climate “science” uses climate anecdotes.

Anecdotes are not science.


6 posted on 03/08/2018 11:51:17 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (<img src="http://i.imgur.com/WukZwJP.gif" width=800>)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

First, mathematics through Calculus II, then Physics for Scientists and Engineers...then one has something to build upon.


7 posted on 03/08/2018 11:55:39 AM PST by onedoug
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Once you could learn to think like a scientist by simply reading National Geographic every month. The OPPOSITE will happen now.


8 posted on 03/08/2018 12:05:24 PM PST by TalBlack (It's hard to shoot people when they are shooting back at you...)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

If you start with stats that have been carefully screened to support your viewpoint it sure is easy to make sure no other viewpoint is taught. Same goes for those “peer reviewed” journal articles.


9 posted on 03/08/2018 12:10:21 PM PST by lastchance (Credo.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
it's a whole lot easier to understand the data that supports anthropogenic climate change

No science here.

They should understand the data. Period. Assuming that it supports anything at all screws up the process.

10 posted on 03/08/2018 12:22:58 PM PST by wbill
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"The intent of this program was to show students science," says Jim Ekins, an educator for University of Idaho Extension who helps coordinate the project. "As they become more science literate, it's a whole lot easier to understand the data that supports anthropogenic climate change."

This is exactly backwards. The more you learn of science, the more dubious do these chicken little claims about the sky falling appear.

Water Vapor controls the temperature on Planet Earth. All other claims are just bullsh*t.

Science does not support the power grabbing bullsh*t known as "global warming." It refutes it. Stop lying about science.

11 posted on 03/08/2018 12:32:30 PM PST by DiogenesLamp ("of parents owing allegiance to no other sovereignty.")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Possible addition to the caption: “Paul Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As Berlin fell He ordered his six children killed then shot his wife and himself.”


12 posted on 03/08/2018 12:41:46 PM PST by Rebelbase ( Hillary, DNC, DOJ and FBI colluded with a British National to influence the 2016 Pres. election)
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To: taxcontrol

Marie Curie would NEVER have gotten two Nobel Prizes if “The Science is Settled” concept existed in the late 1800’s.
The basic thought at that time was Elements never changed.
The whole concept of “Radioactivity” was her discovery.

Many saw indications, but she was the only one to stick her neck out and prove it existed.

Once it was shown, it was easy to verify.


13 posted on 03/08/2018 12:42:06 PM PST by Zathras
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Another reason to home school.

Meanwhile, there was a thread here on FR the other day about 33,000 scientists who say “climate change” is a hoax.


14 posted on 03/08/2018 12:49:27 PM PST by july4thfreedomfoundation (No DACA Caca....Send the Nightmares home. "Americans are Dreamers, too." President Trump)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

15 posted on 03/08/2018 1:14:19 PM PST by Iron Munro (If Illegals voted Rebublican 66 Million Democrats Would Be Screaming "Build The Wall!")
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

“As they become more science literate, it’s a whole lot easier to understand the data that supports anthropogenic climate change.”

Does it also make it easier to understand data that does not support anthropogenic climate change?


16 posted on 03/08/2018 1:39:38 PM PST by FreedomNotSafety
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To: lonevoice

NOT North Idaho!!! That area of the state is a conservative bastion. I so hope parents in this area fight this. Yikes!


17 posted on 03/08/2018 1:42:14 PM PST by Pride in the USA
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To: Oldeconomybuyer
"...she's learned that in recent decades, the snowpack in the very spot she and her classmates dug into has trended downward."

That's not "teaching kids to think like scientist." Only a quack scientist would limit their study of "climate" to "recent decades." True scientist would study hundreds and thousands of years.

18 posted on 03/08/2018 1:46:55 PM PST by drpix
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To: DiogenesLamp
My daughter back in grade school was arguing with classmates about the BS of global warming. Her teacher told her that she could state her views - but she was worried that my daughter would be ostracized by all of her liberal classmates (ALL of the rest of the class). The teacher even mentioned it to us on parent-teacher day. I laughed. “Oh - she can take care of herself.”

For a class project she did a poster board on how “anthropogenic global warming” was just not so - she got an “A” on it from that same teacher.

19 posted on 03/08/2018 1:55:11 PM PST by 21twelve
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Thinking like a modern scientist is easy: just think money.


20 posted on 03/08/2018 2:11:12 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now it is your turn ...)
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