NCSE's Reid on 13.7

11.22.2016

Ann Reid

NCSE's executive director Ann Reid was interviewed by Tania Lombrozo for NPR's 13.7 Cosmos and Culture blog (November 21, 2016) about the implications of a Trump presidency for climate change education.

Although the federal government is not directly involved in curriculum and instruction, Reid commented that NCSE is nevertheless "deeply concerned that the politicization of climate change will continue to have a chilling effect in classrooms." She explained, "if teachers are concerned about community disapproval, they may nevertheless avoid teaching the science, or inappropriately present it as debatable."

Asked what NCSE is doing to address threats to climate change education, Reid responded, "We have a three-pronged strategy: support teachers directly, get scientists involved in helping teachers cover climate change, and support teachers indirectly by organizing communities to bring fun, accessible, respectful climate change activities to public events and raise funds to support their local science teachers."

Reid concluded with the thought, "In my book, science teachers are real heroes. ... Making sure our science teachers have what they need to do a good job is an investment that will pay off for decades."