More solid evidence of the politicization of everything, including the truth.



A damning report on the state of science education in America, especially regarding climate change.

As background for her concise and rigorous analysis of climate education, Frontline investigative journalist Worth developed a nationwide, state-by-state database and reviewed dozens of textbooks. As she notes, there are roughly 50 million children enrolled in 100,000 public schools across the country, taught by 3 million teachers—and there are no national standards. The result, not surprisingly, is a sharp red-blue divide. The red side is bolstered by ample investments from fossil fuel producers and strict controls from conservative activists, and red states, notably Texas, are fitted with textbooks that cast doubt about the concept of human-caused climate change. Overall, Worth writes, “classrooms have emerged as a battleground in the American political war over climate change because what kids learn about climate change now will directly impact the speed and ambition of action taken for decades to come.” It stands to reason that in the red states, that action will be nonexistent. Worth writes of an AP science teacher in Oklahoma who refuses to teach anthropogenic climate change because her family is in the oil and gas business—were she to want to teach it in the first place, since many districts and states forbid its inclusion in the curriculum. The divide widens: As Worth notes, “we know that as lawmakers in some red states have worked to shrink what their children learn about climate change, lawmakers in some blue states have worked to expand them.” It may depress some readers to hear of this “crude two-tier system” as well as to learn of the author’s investigations into textbook publishing and reviewing, with editors rewriting commissioned science pieces to fit political formulas. “These patterns are no accident of history,” Worth concludes. “Rather, they are the product of successful disinformation campaigns, animated not by science but by ideology.”

More solid evidence of the politicization of everything, including the truth.

Pub Date: Nov. 9, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-73591-364-3

Page Count: 150

Publisher: Columbia Global Reports

Review Posted Online: Sept. 10, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 2021

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The Johnstown Flood was one of the greatest natural disasters of all time (actually manmade, since it was precipitated by a wealthy country club dam which had long been the source of justified misgivings). This then is a routine rundown of the catastrophe of May 31st, 1889, the biggest news story since Lincoln's murder in which thousands died. The most interesting incidental: a baby floated unharmed in its cradle for eighty miles.... Perhaps of local interest-but it lacks the Lord-ly touch.

Pub Date: March 18, 1968

ISBN: 0671207148

Page Count: 312

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: Oct. 12, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1968

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A straightforward, carefully detailed presentation of how ``fruit comes from flowers,'' from winter's snow-covered buds through pollination and growth to ripening and harvest. Like the text, the illustrations are admirably clear and attractive, including the larger-than-life depiction of the parts of the flower at different stages. An excellent contribution to the solidly useful ``Let's-Read-and-Find-Out-Science'' series. (Nonfiction/Picture book. 4-9)

Pub Date: Jan. 30, 1992

ISBN: 0-06-020055-3

Page Count: 32

Publisher: HarperCollins

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 15, 1991

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