California’s Governator has vetoed a bill that would have mandated public schools in the state to teach about climate change as part of the science curriculum.
In his veto statement, Schwarzenegger said he supported education that spotlights the dangers of climate change. However, the Republican governor said he was opposed to educational mandates from Sacramento.
“I continue to believe that the state should refrain from being overly prescriptive in specific school curriculum, beyond establishing rigorous academic standards,” he said.
“Overly prescriptive”? Don’t look now but we’re already doing that to the school curriculum as a result of the whole do-or-die standardized testing structure in the US.
The narrow focus of the exams on the lowest common denominator of reading and math skills basically prescribes the curriculum studied by students in most California schools and elsewhere.