Fahrenheit 451 in Portland

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury published in 1953. It is regarded as one of his best works.The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and “firemen” burn any that are found.

Portland Public Schools are now burning books.

In a move spearheaded by environmentalists, the Portland Public Schools board unanimously approved a resolution aimed at eliminating doubt of climate change and its causes in schools.

It is unacceptable that we have textbooks in our schools that spread doubt about the human causes and urgency of the crisis,” said Lincoln High School student Gaby Lemieux in board testimony. “Climate education is not a niche or a specialization, it is the minimum requirement for my generation to be successful in our changing world.”

The resolution passed Tuesday evening calls for the school district to get rid of textbooks or other materials that cast doubt on whether climate change is occurring and that the activity of human beings is responsible. The resolution also directs the superintendent and staff to develop an implementation plan for “curriculum and educational opportunities that address climate change and climate justice in all Portland Public Schools.”

 

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5 thoughts on “Fahrenheit 451 in Portland

    1. The last 30% of increase in atmospheric CO2 levels has led to barely any change in global temperatures. If that appeared in a school book would they want to burn it?

  1. Hi from Oz. So the high school students in Portland now decide what books they should read, especially ones that ‘spread doubt’? God help America.

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