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"In November, Bradley and the rest of the state's 15-member board will vote to adopt new social-studies textbooks for public schools from kindergarten to 12th grade. When he does, he says that part of his mission will be to shield Lone Star schoolchildren from green propaganda. Instead, Bradley plans to push for textbooks that teach climate-science doubt -- presenting the link between greenhouse gas emissions caused by human activity and global warming as an unsubstantiated and controversial theory.

"When it comes time to review the textbooks, Bradley will have plenty of instructional materials created by some of the publishing industry's major players to back his viewpoint.

"A fifth-grade social studies textbook submitted by Pearson -- the largest educational publisher in the world -- similarly casts doubt on the science.

"Burning oil to run cars also releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Some scientists believe that this carbon dioxide could lead to a slow heating of Earth's overall climate. This temperature change is known as global warming or climate change. Scientists disagree about what is causing climate change.

"The Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning education watchdog, says this fits a disturbing pattern of textbook companies peddling climate denial to Texas students. The watchdog group commissioned an independent review of the textbooks by the National Center for Science Education. Out of 19 textbooks surveyed, at least seven -- including several from high-profile publishers that have gotten approval from the Board of Education in the past -- contained misrepresentations of scientific fact, the study found."

Green propaganda. Much like the Rapture Righties who demand that creationsim be taught along side of evolution in public school text books, as if the Bible is some kind of scholarly, scientific research reference guide.

And we wonder why the US ranks close to the bottom of all developed nations in terms of education, particularly in the sciences?

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Kathy never expected a career in radio as a talk show producer. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Kathy was completing her nursing degree when in 2001 - in an emergency - she was asked to fill in as the producer of Mike's program. Within a few (more...)
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