Texas curriculum does not require climate change instruction in classrooms
Texas is one of ten states that have not adopted new science education standards that require the instruction of climate change in classrooms.
Because school districts in Texas are subject to standards set by the state board of education, the topic is essentially nonexistent in textbooks.
However, a new poll shows more than 80 percent of U.S. teachers and parents support teaching climate change in schools.
Lubbock ISD K-12 Science Curriculum Coordinator Michael Sizemore said while studying the climate is not a required concept, it is offered as an elective in their schools.
"In the standards, you don't even see the words 'climate change' together until a course called Earth, Space and Science, which is a third or fourth year science option for high school students," Sizemore said.
The district can only teach what the state dictates, and Sizemore said the Earth, Space, and Science course's availability as a non-mandatory option opens the door for whoever is interested.
"It just gives them an introduction to those topics, so as they're considering their future careers and college courses, if they're interested in meteorology, climate, or the study of astronomy and geology, that's a class those kids will select to take," Sizemore said.
Throughout his time as an educator, Sizemore added he has yet to hear from any parent or teacher in regards to having an issue with the lack of climate study in classrooms.