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Idaho educators, students voice concerns over new science standards

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Reaching an agreement on a science standards is something the state of Idaho has been working on for several years.

According to the Idaho Statesman, the last time the standard was amended was in 2001. That's until February of this year, when last minute changes were made and a new set of standards was approved.

The new standards deleted five sections that address climate change and human involvement in creating it.

Content standards represent the minimum threshold that students must meet, meaning climate change isn't barred from being taught in classrooms, and representatives from the state's Department of Education said at a meeting on Thursday that the standards weren't cut to be cut- they were cut because it's part of the process of revising them.

But the notion that the  standards needed revision was just as upsetting to the educators, parents and students at the meeting.

Among other things, the sections removed required teachers to address the causes of rising global temperatures, emphasizing human activity related to that.

Thursday's meeting is one of several the Idaho DoE and state legislators have held to seek public comment on the revision of the language.

The answer they got from the crowd in Coeur d'Alene-  Put climate change back in, and don't change the language.

The majority of peer reviewed studies, scientific groups, and scientists themselves point to warming global temperatures, that are, largely, a result of man made activity.

The teachers at the meeting tonight acknowledged that, yes, there are many who do not believe in climate change, but argued that the information should be a requirement in the classroom- giving students the ability make up their own minds.