“An Inconvenient Truth” Banned From Seattle School

Ken AshfordEducation, Environment & Global Warming & Energy6 Comments

Al_gore_i_an_inconv_100607oThere’s about nine things funny with this story.  Sad, and funny:

This week in Federal Way schools, it got a lot more inconvenient to show one of the top-grossing documentaries in U.S. history, the global-warming alert "An Inconvenient Truth."

After a parent who supports the teaching of creationism and opposes sex education complained about the film, the Federal Way School Board on Tuesday placed what it labeled a moratorium on showing the film. The movie consists largely of a PowerPoint presentation by former Vice President Al Gore recounting scientists’ findings.

Oh, my.  Let’s here from the parent:

"Condoms don’t belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He’s not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old.

Actually, Frosty (*snicker*), Gore is a schoolteacher

But let’s hear more from Frosty:

"The information that’s being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is. … The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn’t in the DVD."

Well, it kind of is.  I mean, it is called "global warming", right?

School Board members adopted a three-point policy that says teachers who want to show the movie must ensure that a "credible, legitimate opposing view will be presented," that they must get the OK of the principal and the superintendent, and that any teachers who have shown the film must now present an "opposing view."

The article later explains that the phenomenon of global warming is "backed by the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Academy of Sciences."

So what is the "opposing view", and who has it?

Um, apparently, the opposing view is held by Frosty Hardison’s wife, Gayla:

Hardison and his wife, Gayla, said they would prefer that the movie not be shown at all in schools.

"From what I’ve seen (of the movie) and what my husband has expressed to me, if (the movie) is going to take the approach of ‘bad America, bad America,’ I don’t think it should be shown at all," Gayle Hardison said. "If you’re going to come in and just say America is creating the rotten ruin of the world, I don’t think the video should be shown."

Well, I wanted to find out more about the Hardisons of Federal Way, Washington.  So, hellooooo Google.  First of all, Frosty Hardison is all about Powerpoint presentations, and is quite furious that when he goes to complain to the city council, they forbid him from using the program.  I also discovered from his Amazon wish list that he’s a bit of a dork.

Anyway, back to the story.  It seems that the students in Federal Way, Washington are smarter than the adults — at least the Hardisons.  How’s this for reason and maturity?

"I think that a movie like that is a really great way to open people’s eyes up about what you can do and what you are doing to the planet and how that’s going to affect the human race," said Kenna Patrick, a senior at Jefferson High School.

When it comes to the idea of presenting global warming skeptics, Patrick wasn’t sure how necessary that would be. She hadn’t seen the movie but had read about it and would like to see it.

"Watching a movie doesn’t mean that you have to believe everything you see in it," she said.