It took a while for me to synchronize my personal approach to knowledge with my how I engage with teaching and learning in the classroom. You know, my commitment to a public-intellectual way of scholarship into the classroom. (I have blogged in plenty about that, like here.)
Thus, in my intro class, I took to them a one-pager, from this recent proposal from a bunch of Republicans who want to tax carbon as the way to deal with climate change. I wanted students to understand that the academic ideas that we talk about in class has real world applications in various public policy issues like climate change.
Of course, as with most things that I do, there was a structure to the class discussions. It was clear that students had never been presented such an idea before. The part about the tax revenue being returned to people as a dividend-check really grabbed their attention.
And then one student said, "but, this cannot work when Trump does not even think that climate change is real."
And that is only the beginning. The first step is to stop denying climate change. To recognize and understand that it is for real.
The second step is to acknowledge that this climate change is being caused by human actions. This will be a huge step for most Republicans to take. A yuge step.
And then to recognize and understand the role that carbon plays in this process.
And finally to get into a constructive discussion on what to do about carbon.
Now, ask yourself, do you think all these can ever happen with a president and his minions dealing with "alternative facts"? With 63 million assholes--like this powerful guy--voting for the orange asshole?
So, party like there is no tomorrow, folks!
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