They keep saying that there’s this separation of Church and State. But I don’t see it. I think what they mean by that is that religion isn’t allowed unless it’s a government-sponsored one. Christianity’s obviously not allowed, but “scientific” religions like evolution and manmade global warming are perfectly acceptable; in fact, encouraged.
So, it comes as no surprise that a 5th grade book brought to us by a Common Core curriculum teaches that global warming will bring about an apocalypse that was caused by humans themselves and their refusal to change their “destructive lifestyles.”
I should clarify that apparently, according to Complete Colorado, this particular book was purchased personally by the teacher, and it was not officially sanctioned by the national Common Core program. Curiously, however, each page of the book has inscribed at the bottom, “Common Core Comprehension Grade 5.” Go figure.
This story, shrouded in “science fiction,” is set in the year 2512 when half of the United States is covered in water, and the population has been drastically reduced, all thanks to humans and the global warming they caused.
The CK-21 looked around in amazement. “This looks like the world before the Industrial Revolution. Everything is so green and beautiful. I can smell something spectacular. Is that the ocean? Where are we?”
“You’re in Kansas!” said Gif. “Kansas is home to some of the most beautiful ocean views and coastline in the world!”
“Kansas has ocean views?” asked the CK-21 in disbelief.
“Well, by the early 21st century, people knew that the massive use of fossil fuel was heating up the planet. But people didn’t stop their destructive lifestyles. They just kept using up Earth’s resources. The ice sheets melted, and Earth’s crust shifted. Volcanic pressure burst through in places that never had volcanoes.” Gif continued, “In 2130, the oceans began to rise over farmland and cities. In 300 years, most of the eastern United States was covered with water. All that remains are the Smokey Islands – formerly the Smokey Mountains.”
“Oh,” said the CK-21, sadly.
“Don’t look so depressed,” Gif said. “People did eventually learn from their mistakes and decided to make important changes. Today, we have less land, and fewer people. But we know how to use wind, solar, and hydropower efficiently. This has allowed the planet to come back to life.”
This particular school district in Colorado defended the book, stating that even though the subject of manmade global warming is controversial, the book itself is technically science fiction, so it’s OK.
I’m sure they’d feel the same way had there been a story about the birth of Christ. They could call it “historical fiction.” Maybe they could act out this story in a school play or publicly display scenes from the story. It’s just “fiction,” right? So, it should be OK.