LINCROFT, NJ – Claire Antonucci, Executive Director of the NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Sandy Hook, will outline her organization’s proposed curriculum to help grammar and high school science teachers explain the science behind climate change studies at 6 p.m., Monday, March 28 at Brookdale Community College (BCC), Middletown.
The meeting, open to the public, includes the BCC Environmental Club and students, the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group, and other environmental organizations.
Antonucci’s talk, part of BCC’s “Science Monday” environmental lectures, is hosted by BCC’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on the importance of strong environmental protections. A pizza and subs buffet begins at 6:00 p.m. in Warner Student Life Center (SLC) Twin Lights Rooms I and II, and the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Consortium’s proposed curriculum will explain how man-made greenhouse gasses are the major cause of climate change – the global warming of air and water temperatures — which is affecting not only marine and terrestrial environments, including New Jersey’s coastal waters and shorelines, but the food chain that supports all life.
A recent national teacher survey backed by the National Center for Science Education and published in the journal Science noted that while roughly 95 percent of climate scientists who have an opinion on the cause of global warming believe it is due to humans activities, only about half the 1,500 middle and high school science teachers surveyed make that link in class. Roughly another 30 percent understate human involvement by also blaming natural causes; 10 percent deny a human role altogether; and 5 percent don’t talk about causes at all.
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The NCSE study says the disconnect between what climate scientists believe today and what is being taught in science classrooms is due to two factors: Teachers have little to no formal training on current scientific findings, and science textbooks are often out-of-date by the time they are published. Some critics also charge that textbook publishers downplay the topic altogether to sell books in areas where global warming is politically controversial.
The Consortium’s proposed curriculum, which was being developed before the NCSE study was released, will help align science teaching with current scientific findings. The proposed curriculum is part of the Consortium’s overall efforts to “promote the wise use of New Jersey’s marine and coastal resources through research, education and outreach.”
To get to Brookdale’s Lincroft campus, take Parkway Exit 109 to Route 520 West (Newman Springs Road, which becomes E. Main Street at the Lincroft campus). Take the traffic circle into the campus and follow the signs to the Warner Student Life Center (SLC) and parking lot 7, where the meeting will be in the SLC Twin Lights Rooms I and II. Use parking lot 7. As you walk eastward towards the building complex, Warner is on the left. If lot 7 is full, use parking lots 5 or 6. A campus map is at http://www.brookdalecc.edu/PDFFiles/MAPS/MAP_04_08.pdf