It's important to inform the younger generation of the ongoing climate change. Educating them at an early age is even better, so they'd be able to know how to help the planet, which they can continue doing as they grow older. Though, schools in the US don't fail to do that, researchers learned that the instructors' lesson plans may have erroneous details.
A new study conducted by researchersPenn State University, Wright State University in Ohio and the California-based nonprofit National Center for Science Education says, teachers in the United States are often getting the facts wrong. While three out of four teachers are teaching the issue, only half of these instructors are correctly explaining that humans are driving climate change.
Maybe it's time to train teachers again about climate change (c) US Department of Education
For the study, researchers asked the teachers if and how they are talking to students about climate change. The experts learned that at least 16 states are adopting a new science curriculum that tackles climate change more directly and in greater depth.
This research, published in journal Science
suggested, teachers aren't getting enough training on climate science. The instructors are also being influenced by the politicization of the subject outside of school.
"The fact that 75 percent of teachers are covering this issue at all shows teachers are interested in the topic and they find it important," lead author Eric Plutzer told InsideClimate News.
"Many of them personally believe the burning of fossil fuels is causing warming, but are not aware that view is shared by climate scientists. That lack of awareness surely contributes to the willingness to [entertain] alternatives and non-scientific views in their classrooms," said Plutzer, a political science professor at Penn State.
The researchers also surveyed 5,000 teachers in the fall of 2014, which about 1,500 responded. Tests to know the teacher's knowledge of the extent of the scientific consensus of human-caused global warming were performed. Results say, only 30 percent of middle school teachers and 45 percent of high school teachers selected the right answer.
"To find that some of our science teachers are misinformed on that incredibly important point is a bit distressing," said Edward Maibach, director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at George Mason University, in Fairfax, Va.