by Staff and James Prescott Joule
Minturn Middle School is a public school – operated by the Eagle County School District.
From the ECT’s earlier story (Click Here) – the ECT wanted to learn more about what that Schools 6th, 7th and 8th graders where being taught in their Science class. The Students letters written in their English class where about Global Warming/Climate Change and some of those letters later appeared in the Daily Fishwrap (a.k.a. Vail Daily) as letters to the Editor.
What peaked the ECT interest at first – was that all the Student letters seemed to be of the view that Global Warming was some sort of ‘scientific fact’ and that there was no mention in the Student’s letters that this topic is, what it is – Controversial.
So what did the ECT gang do? The ECT contacted MMS teachers – Ms. April Slagle (Science) and Ms. Kristen Morgan (English) – and requested a copy of their class’s formal “lesson plan”. (Click Here)
That’s not what the ECT got in return.
To be fair, said Public School teachers where under no formal obligation to respond at all. The teachers did respond (via email) with this brief information (Click Here). Indeed, without the requested ‘lesson plan’ it’s very difficult to tell exactly how/what our Students are being taught at this Public School.
Regrettably, with the information provided to the ECT – did little to dissuade our continuing concern that the topic of Global Warming/Climate Change is being taught as “Agenda” rather than what it is in reality – Controversial.
For the record: The ECT folks have no issue with Controversial topics being taught in our Public Schools…provided that both sides of that issue are taught/discussed/debated and presented.
Critical Thinking: Indeed every reasonable adult knows the benefits of critical thinking. Young Students learning how to debate and support different sides of controversial topics – result in better ‘thinkers’ in their classes and future courses – while our community’s benefit in the future because we’ve trained a stronger generation of ‘problem solvers’ – who use ‘critical thinking’ to resolve difficult issues. Is this how our Students are being trained at MMS? ECT reports you decide.
Just for fun? How about a challenge to Science Teacher – Ms. April Slagle and her students! OK, in the Pubic School documents emailed back to the ECT – specifically titled “7th Grade Science Year-Long, Long Term learning Targets – has a printed sentence about Student goals – “I can compare how energy is created and utilized by organisms in photosynthesis and cellular respiration”.
What law in Physical Science is being violated – by the phrase highlighted in blue?
Answer – next week!