And what are you teaching them? To distrust current scientific consensus in favour of a feeling?
Hopefully not. Hopefully you'll teach them how to think for themselves. To look at the evidence, and not blindly follow. That way leads to insanity.
Record high temps, record low temps. record rain, record drought.
That's actually what you'd expect with a chaotic system built of multiple random variables. It would be unnatural for weather to always be the same.
not doing so makes you look ignorant, especially when your kids come up to you and tell you you're wrong because a textbook only has 8 planets listed.
It's a good chance for a teaching moment for your kids: that the establishment, and especially textbooks, can be wrong.
And more to the point, the biggest problem with the concept of Mars clearing its orbit is that its orbit was already largely cleared [nature.com] when it formed. According to our best models, Jupiter reached all the way in to around where Mars' orbit is today, and had cleared almost everything to around 1 AU.
How did the asteroid belt get there, then? That's a question, not a polemic.
while on the other hand claiming that he knew these things because he could tap into a universal, ethereal body of knowledge that exists in another dimension.
That's interesting, where did he come up with those kinds of thoughts? How did he learn to tap into the other dimension?
Close proximity to electrostatic or electromagnetic fields on a long-term basis is NOT good for you, period.
I've noticed several design suggestions in your code.