We speak with Katie Worth, investigative journalist and author of Miseducation: How Climate Change is Taught in America. Ms. Worth explores what children across the country are taught, or not taught, about climate change. In 24 states, oil and gas company representatives teach children about the wonders of fossil fuels, downplaying or denying their climate impacts. With an eye on sales in Texas, textbooks falsely depict a scientific debate over climate science, and often cover it in the last unit of the last chapter.
00:46-02:33 Patterns in what children are (and aren’t) being taught about climate change
02:33-03:30 Pre-service training about teaching climate change
03:30-04:52 Climetime in Washington state
04:52-05:55 Professional development resources
05:55-08:22 State science standards and climate change
08:22-12:24 Textbooks and climate change
12:24-15:20 Public/private partnerships that provide climate change programming
15:20-18:47 Oklahoma’s Energy Resources Board
18:47-22:08 Pressures teachers face in teaching accurate science
22:08-25:43 Cloaking religion in academic sounding language
25:43-27:44 Discovery Institute
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Book Miseducation: How Climate Change Is Taught in America by Katie Worth