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CAPR Professor Eric Plutzer in the News: Survey Shows Science Teachers Struggle to Teach Climate Change

Mar 10, 2016

CAPR Professor Eric Plutzer recently released his survey findings that science teachers are struggling to adequately cover the topic of climate change. He and his colleagues found that only about 30 percent of middle and high school teachers are teaching that climate change is happening and has mostly been caused by humans. This leaves students misinformed about the strong scientific consensus on climate change. "I think the message that students take away is that this is unsettled, that this is a matter of opinion and everyone is entitled to their opinion, and the details of evidence are not being presented in a way that is consistent with the scientific record,” Plutzer said.

These findings were highlighted in a number of newspaper outlets, including The New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and The Washington Post, as well as being featured on NPR's All Things Considered podcast.