NCSE's Branch discusses efforts to improve climate change education in Indiana again

Windmills in Indiana.

Speaking to Public News Service (January 9, 2023), NCSE's Deputy Director Glenn Branch applauded the treatment of climate change in Indiana's new state science standards. The old standards received the grade of D in a 2020 study conducted by NCSE and the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund. "If we were to apply the same rubric to the new standards," he suggested, "[they] would at least get a B plus, possibly an A minus."

But Branch warned, as he previously warned in the Indianapolis Star (July 28, 2022), that Indiana's science teachers will need to be equipped to comply with the increased demands of the new standards. "It's one thing to tell the teachers, 'Hey, you need to start teaching more about climate change,' and it's another thing to prepare the teachers to do so," he observed. "Remember, today's teachers were educated in yesterday's schools."

Glenn Branch
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Glenn Branch is Deputy Director of NCSE.