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The Olympian reported in its editions today that,
“Some Thurston County teachers have shown their classes former Vice President Al Gore’s climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.”

Other local educators are seeking permission to present the film, which recently sparked controversy 40 miles north of South Sound in the Federal Way School District, where showings have been restricted.

Meanwhile, Bush Middle School teacher Jana Dean is about to get a firsthand experience with climate change research during a two-week trip to the arctic. In February, the Tumwater School District educator plans to join researchers who are studying climate change by measuring the depth of arctic ice, snowpack temperatures and more.

The Earthwatch Institute and the National Geographic Society helped fund a grant that made her trip possible.

Earthwatch contacted her about the opportunity after she wrote an article for the publication Rethinking Schools about her work teaching students about global warming, Dean said…

“People need to know about this,” Dean said.

‘An Inconvenient Truth’

The Federal Way School Board recently restricted showing the movie “An Inconvenient Truth” after parents complained. Federal Way teachers who want to show the movie now are required to balance it with an adequate opposing viewpoint. Plus, the district’s superintendent must approve each showing.

Neither the Olympia nor Tumwater school districts have any plans to ban the film, district officials said, leaving the decision about whether to show it to individual teachers.

So far, several Tumwater High School teachers have shown the movie, district spokeswoman Sue Haskin said. She expects more to follow.”

Posted by Steve on January 21, 2007 at 4:48 am | Permalink

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  1. Finally some sanity!

    Re: Federal Way issue..

    Why is it balanced to give equal time to a viewpoint that is strickly political in nature and unequivically proven to be false?

    Comment by Shelley Lucus on January 28, 2007 at 8:32 pm

  2. This is just too outrageous!
    A Hollywood Movie in our schools! This will be precieved as true!
    There’s opposition to this theory!
    We need to get back to OUR HISTORY, which most teens have very little knowledge, if any.
    This movie is, in part, a political party statement!

    Comment by Susan Christensen on February 23, 2007 at 6:35 pm

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