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Andrew writes: "Tens of thousands of teachers are getting climate-denying propaganda in their mailboxes. It sounds insane, but may make more sense in the context of these three anecdotes."

Classroom. (photo: Shutterstock)
Classroom. (photo: Shutterstock)

Tens of Thousands of Teachers Are Getting Climate-Denying Propaganda in Their Mailboxes

By Eve Andrews, Grist

30 March 17


t sounds insane, but may make more sense in the context of these three anecdotes:

1. The Heartland Institute, a libertarian, climate-denying think tank, is mailing its book Why Scientists Disagree About Global Warming and an accompanying DVD to every science teacher at American public schools. About 25,000 teachers out of a targeted 200,000 have already gotten the package.

2. On Wednesday, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos disparaged efforts by her predecessor Arne Duncan to invest in poorly performing public schools. Her words, via ABC News: “At what point do we accept the fact that throwing money at the problem isn’t the solution?”

3. Here’s an image of the 2014 tax return of the Heartland Institute, which receives funding from ExxonMobil, Koch Industries, and other fossil fuel corporations — nearly $7 million that year:

(photo: Grist)

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+36 # Wise woman 2017-03-30 14:17
I'm sure most qualified teachers will immediately recycle this piece of trash.
+9 # crispy 2017-03-31 01:44
I want to get it! After all I may get convinced. Since i am not a teacher, this is a call for help/ I am a scientist and always curious about propaganda.
+21 # Rock Martin 2017-03-31 02:06
When I was in the classroom (37 years),I used advertising to show my 9th graders how to analyze information for the truth value. I'd love to have a copy of that propaganda, just to be able to use it as a teaching tool about "alternate facts". It would be akin to shooting them with their own ammo.

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