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To: Texas textbook publishers
Climate Change Denial in Proposed Social Studies Textbooks
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It’s critical that the next generation of students be taught accurate information about the scientific consensus surrounding climate change. Tell textbook publishers they must remove inaccurate passages from textbooks that mislead students about the reality of climate change.
Why is this important?
The Texas State Board of Education — notorious for its repeated attacks on science education — is meeting this fall to adopt new social studies textbooks, and several publishers have submitted books that include inaccurate and misleading information about climate change.
If these textbooks are approved with biased information, it will be bad news for Texas schoolchildren. Worse yet, because of the influence of Texas’ enormous textbook market, these materials could find their way into classrooms across the country.
What are the problems?
-- McGraw-Hill Education – includes information pulled directly from the Heartland Institute, a polluter-funded advocacy group infamous for its anti-climate change propaganda.
-- Pearson – Tells students, “Scientists disagree about what is causing climate change.”
-- Studies Weekly Publications – casts doubt on scientific consensus around global warming
-- WorldView Software – includes a wildly inaccurate section on the ozone layer and its relationship to airborne pollution
These textbooks will be in classrooms for the next decade. Students deserve textbooks that get the science right.
Take a moment and help the National Center for Science Education and the Texas Freedom Network make sure textbooks don’t mislead a generation of students about climate change. Sign up and ask the publishers to correct these problems.
How it will be delivered
These petition signatures will be delivered directly to each publisher in time for them to make corrections to their products before the final vote at the State Board of Education in November.