Education for sale, or “Under corporate America’s thumb(ing their nose at the rest of us)” ….

November 30, 2006

From The Conscious Earth blog, An Inconvenient Truth Squeezed from Classrooms, from an original entry on the Washington Post website.

The producers of An Inconvenient Truth have offered to supply American classrooms with 50,000 copies of the movie free of charge. That offer has been rejected
by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), the nation’s
leading science education teachers group, citing a risk to funding from
key financial supporters. One of those supporters is Exxon-Mobil.

Basically, the NSTA is saying that the film’s producers are a “special interest” group and that other groups may also try to distribute materials to them for use, and that they saw “little, if any, benefit to NSTA or it’s members” in accepting the free DVDs.

Conscious Earth continues:

Oil industry supporters will be quick to endorse the decision, agreeing that An Inconvenient Truth does indeed represent a special interest. What they will conveniently ignore is that unlike industry friendly messages pushed into the curriculum, An Inconvenient Truth is based on, and endorsed by, objective science – the very subject the National Science Teachers Association says it promotes.

If the selling of your child’s education to corporate America bothers you, you can leave feedback to the National Science Teacher’s Association at http://www.nsta.org/feedback


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