Scientist group questions climate change skeptic's course at Carleton

March 7, 2012

The Committee for the Advancement of Scientific Skepticism has published a report questioning the legitimacy of a class a climate change skeptic taught at Carleton University for 3 years. Carleton does not currently offer the course. The report has fuelled debate about academic freedom and the obligations for instructors to base teachings on an "honest search for the truth," as per Carleton's collective agreement. "Academic excellence is a priority at Carleton and we have a process in place for reviewing courses that balances content with academic freedom and the rights of our instructors as outlined in their collective agreement," says the science dean. The report's lead author says he was not challenging academic freedom, but wanted to ensure that science was being accurately presented in the classroom. Criticizing the findings, the instructor says it is "disgraceful" that the lead author, himself a Carleton researcher, would publicly attack a course at the institution and its instructors without checking anything with the teacher. Ottawa Citizen | CBC