14 May '11, 2am

Scholastic Promotes American Coal Foundation Curriculum For 4th Graders

Scholastic Promotes American Coal Foundation Curriculum For 4th Graders

The fourth grade curriculum from Scholastic is all about educating the kids about coal. Sounds like a good idea, right? Wrong. Coal Curriculum Supplied By The American Coal Foundation? It turns out that the fourth-grade curriculum materials about coal were created by Scholastic Inc., but the American Coal Foundation paid Scholastic to develop them. According to The New York Times : The Scholastic materials say that coal is produced in half of the 50 states, that America has 27 percent of the world’s coal resources, and that it is the source of half the electricity produced in the nation, with about 600 coal-powered plants operating around the clock to provide electricity. What they do not mention are the negative effects of mining and burning coal: the removal of Appalachian mountaintops; the release of sulfur dioxide, mercury and arsenic; the toxic wastes; the mining acci...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/education/blog/scholastic-pro...

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