For the past several days Jason has been teaching his students about the environment, ways to recycle, some of the research regarding global warming, etc. Since it is directed at junior high students, it's not highly indepth, but students of that age are old enough to learn how to take care of our planet and understand the value of recycling and our limited natural resources.
Yesterday, he came home from school feeling a bit down because he has had a few students come in and tell him some negative comments they have heard from their parents regarding this environment unit. Comments like, "I hope he's teaching you the other side of the issue," and "What on earth are they teaching you at that school?! Nothing." Additionally, parents are upset that Jason showed some clips from An Inconvenient Truth, presumably because the film features Al Gore and so that *must* make the whole thing a bunch of hogwash.
Okay, so maybe some people don't believe in global warming. Whatever. But to think that teaching students about recycling and limited natural resources is a bad idea? Right. Don't recycle. Litter everywhere. Use as much paper as you possibly can. Leave your lights on all the time and the water too. Good idea.
It's a good thing I don't have a teaching position where I interact with parents anymore. Because even though I've matured in some areas, I'm not sure if I could keep myself from saying unprofessional things toward them. All I can say: some people are ridiculous.