Andy Kroll of Mother Jones reports that New Mexico has scrubbed its science standards of anything that might offend the far right.

He writes:

“New Mexico’s public education agency wants to scrub discussions of climate change, rising global temperatures, evolution, and even the age of planet Earth from the standards that shape its schools’ curriculum.

“The state’s Public Education Department this week released a new proposed replacement to its statewide science standards. The draft is based on the Next Generation Science Standards, a set of ideas and guidelines released in 2013 that cover kindergarten through 12th grade. The NGSS, which have been adopted by at least 18 states and the District of Columbia, include ample discussion of human-caused climate change and evolution.

“These changes are evidently intended to placate creationists and climate change deniers.”
But the draft released by New Mexico’s education officials changes the language of a number of NGSS guidelines, downplaying the rise in global temperatures, striking references to human activity as the primary cause of climate change, and cutting one mention of evolution while weakening others. The standards would even remove a reference to the scientifically agreed-upon age of the Earth—nearly 4.6 billion years. (Young Earth creationists use various passages in the Bible to argue that the planet is only a few thousand years old.)”

New Mexico seems determined to dumb down its students.

How can anyone speak about the U.S. standing in global “competition” when many of our students will be ignorant of the basic facts of science?

The example is set in Washington, where the Trump administration has declared war on science, removed references to “climate change” from its communiques and records, and has a person in charge of “environmental protection” who does not believe in protecting the enrvironment?