Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America

Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America

by Katie Worth
Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America

Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America

by Katie Worth


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Why are so many American children learning so much misinformation about climate change?

Investigative reporter Katie Worth reviewed scores of textbooks, built a 50-state database, and traveled to a dozen communities to talk to children and teachers about what is being taught, and found a red-blue divide in climate education. More than one-third of young adults believe that climate change is not man-made, and science instructors are being contradicted by history teachers who tell children not to worry about it.

Who has tried to influence what children learn, and how successful have they been? Worth connects the dots on oil corporations, state legislatures, school boards, libertarian thinktanks, conservative lobbyists, and textbook publishers, all of whom have learned from the fight over evolution and tobacco, and are now sowing uncertainty, confusion, and distrust about climate science, with the result that four in five Americans today don’t think there is a scientific consensus on global warming. In the words of a top climate educator, “We are the only country in the world that has had a multi-decade, multi-billion dollar deny-delay-confuse campaign.” Miseducation is the alarming story of how climate denialism was implanted in millions of school children.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781735913643
Publisher: Columbia Global Reports
Publication date: 11/16/2021
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 491,325
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Katie Worth is an Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning investigative journalist. From 2015 to 2021, she worked for the PBS series FRONTLINE on enterprise investigations and multimedia stories about science and politics. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, National Geographic, Slate, The Wall Street Journal, and was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016.

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Chapter 1 The Science and the Doubt 18

Chapter 2 The Teachers 33

Chapter 3 The Evolution 49

Chapter 4 The Standards 65

Chapter 5 The Textbooks 81

Chapter 6 Selling Kids on Fossil Fuels 104

Chapter 7 The Victory 121

Epilogue 143

Acknowledgments 152

Further Reading 155

Notes 156

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