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Student Sees Problems With H.S. Text
AP via SFGate ^ | 4/8/8 | NANCY ZUCKERBROD, AP Education Writer

Posted on 04/08/2008 4:20:46 PM PDT by SmithL

Talk about a civics lesson: A high-school senior has raised questions about political bias in a popular textbook on U.S. government, and legal scholars and top scientists say the teen's criticism is well-founded.

They say "American Government" by conservatives James Wilson and John Dilulio presents a skewed view of topics from global warming to separation of church and state. The publisher now says it will review the book, as will the College Board, which oversees college-level Advanced Placement courses used in high schools.

Student Matthew LaClair of Kearny, N.J., recently brought his concerns to the attention of the Center for Inquiry, an Amherst, N.Y., think tank that promotes science and which has issued a scathing report about the textbook.

"I just realized from my own knowledge that some of this stuff in the book is just plain wrong," said LaClair, who is using the book as part of an AP government class at Kearny High School.

The textbook is designed for a college audience, but also is widely used in AP American government courses, said Richard Blake, a spokesman for the publisher, Houghton Mifflin

...Hansen has sent Houghton Mifflin a letter stating that the book's discussion on global warming contained "a large number of clearly erroneous statements" that give students "the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain."

The edition of the textbook published in 2005, which is in high school classrooms now, states that "science doesn't know whether we are experiencing a dangerous level of global warming or how bad the greenhouse effect is, if it exists at all."

A newer edition published late last year was changed to say, "Science doesn't know how bad the greenhouse effect is."

The authors kept a phrase stating that global warming is "enmeshed in scientific uncertainty."

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News
KEYWORDS: americangovernment; centerforinquiry; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; globalwarmingscare; greenreligion; homosexualagenda; indoctrination; jameswilson; johndilulio; lawrencevtexas; matthewlaclair; politicalcorrectness; publicschools; publikskoolz; textbooks; thoughtcrime
Global Warming is the only religion allowed in Public Schools.
1 posted on 04/08/2008 4:20:47 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL
I think I am going to be sick.
2 posted on 04/08/2008 4:24:41 PM PDT by SaveTheChief (Chief Illiniwek (1926-2007))
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To: SmithL

“Science doesn’t know how bad the greenhouse effect is.”

This is a true statement. “Science” doesn’t “know” anything. “Science” is not a person, nor is it an information storage and retrieval system such as a book or a database. “Science” is a process by which human beings come to know things.

A more appropriate and meaningful way to phrase this would be “Scientists don’t know how bad the greenhouse effect is.” This would have the advantage of being meaningful as well as being true. In addition, it drives home the fact that “Science” is something that is engaged in by scientists, which are people - and as such are subject to prejudices and biases, especially when there are massive amounts of federal grants at stake.


3 posted on 04/08/2008 4:28:21 PM PDT by Omedalus
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To: SmithL

Heretics! Burn Them!!!


4 posted on 04/08/2008 4:29:34 PM PDT by thecabal
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To: SmithL
GLOBAL WARMING DENIER IN OUR MIDST!!


5 posted on 04/08/2008 4:29:58 PM PDT by Teflonic
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To: SmithL

“the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain.”

How dare they tell the students the truth! This is either a tragedy or a comedy, and I prefer to laugh.


6 posted on 04/08/2008 4:32:54 PM PDT by devere (http://www.usmm.net/p2/thiswar.jpg)
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To: SmithL
"I just realized from my own knowledge that some of this stuff in the book is just plain wrong," said LaClair..

A high schooler's knowledge vs published work by two authors? Exactly where did this knowledge originate? Has it been validated? Or does it disagree with dogma substituted for "knowledge"?

7 posted on 04/08/2008 4:33:28 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Omedalus
As a science professor I had once said; "Science is a game we play with God to find out what his rules are."

-Traveler

8 posted on 04/08/2008 4:33:38 PM PDT by Traveler59 (Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: SmithL
clearly erroneous statements" that give students "the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain

Sounds like the AP student is getting prepared to take Algore's place in a few years. Is that what this says?

9 posted on 04/08/2008 4:36:41 PM PDT by RightWhale (Clam down! avoid ataque de nervosa)
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How dare a book go against Al Gore?!?


10 posted on 04/08/2008 4:42:39 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_____________________Profile updated Saturday, March 29, 2008)
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To: SmithL

MAJOR INTREP


11 posted on 04/08/2008 4:49:01 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: SmithL

The brain-washing of our yutes is having the desired effect. This student needs to refute the books statements with facts to the contrary. Being a moonbat won’t do it.


12 posted on 04/08/2008 4:52:23 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: eyedigress
His mother, Debra, says she thinks her son is giving his peers another kind of civics lesson.

“When he sees something that is incorrect, he wants to fix it,” she said. “That's him. That's what he does.”

Hopefully next time he looks in a mirror, he sees his head needs repair and he takes a hammer to it. This kid is as dumb as a box of rocks. He also sounds like a little tattle tail. since he reported a teacher making a religious comment as well.

13 posted on 04/08/2008 5:00:34 PM PDT by JimC214
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To: SmithL
No surprise

About the Center For Inquiry

The purpose of the Center for Inquiry is to promote and defend reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor. The Center for Inquiry is a transnational nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism, and society. The Center for Inquiry is not affiliated with, nor does it promote, any political party or political ideology.

Through education, research, publishing, and social services, it seeks to present affirmative alternatives based on scientific naturalism. The Center is also interested in providing rational ethical alternatives to the reigning paranormal and religious systems of belief, and in developing communities where like-minded individuals can meet and share experiences.

Founder and President: Paul Kurtz...a secular humanist, committed to removing religion from America.

14 posted on 04/08/2008 5:02:53 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (Beware the secularization of America; the Islamization of Eurabia)
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To: JimC214
His mother, Debra, says she thinks her son is giving his peers another kind of civics lesson.

That is it right there. Mommie is a moonbat and has taught her son to accept anything that is pro-marxism. I wonder what Dad thinks? (Silly me)

15 posted on 04/08/2008 5:09:51 PM PDT by eyedigress
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To: SmithL
Marxism is our nation and freedom's **MOST** serious threat. Global Warming is merely part of the Marxist plan.

Our nation's schools are the Marxist **most** important weapon. Yet...Conservatives sit like frogs in a pot of slowly warming water.

I am exasperated! It is almost too late. Freedom will be lost in the voting booth!

Solution:

1) Immediately remove your child from government schools and any Marxist private school.

2) Organize private scholarship foundations that would award private vouchers to students attending CONSERVATIVE private schools. These foundations could also sponsor conservative teachers willing to open mini-schools, micr-schools, one room school houses homeschool cooperatives, virtual schools, and dame schools.

The private voucher foundations could approve the curriculum, certify the schools and teachers, and administer testing. The brick and mortar, Prussian-style, prison-like model should be abandoned. This model of education is VERY expensive and it is cruel to treat children like prisoners.

If Harvard can have a $35 BILLION dollar endowment...If Obama can raise $500 MILLION in one year, surely conservatives, with today's excellent curriculum and technology should be able to inexpensively provide EVERY child in this nation a FREE, world-class, conservative education!

3) Organize with others to elect legislators who will SHUT DOWN the government school prison camps! Permanently!

4) In LESS that 12 short years, conservatives could be sending armies of students into Marxist universities well prepared to defend their faith and freedom. These students would graduate and take their places as moral and ethical leaders of the media, academia, the arts, theater, science, health, and industry. And,,,,most important as leaders of the FAMILY.

16 posted on 04/08/2008 5:25:37 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: eyedigress
Mommie is a moonbat

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Mommie Debra is likely a single mom, and there is no dad. Mommie was also indoctrinated in government schools. Mommie with the help of Marxist and gay government teachers is raising a metrosexual weenie of a BOY ( who will never be a man!)

It's all part of the Marxist plan to destroy America and all freedom. Government schools are the Marxists **most** important weapon!

(Please read post #16.)

17 posted on 04/08/2008 5:31:06 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are not stupid.)
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To: pfflier
A high schooler's knowledge vs published work by two authors? Exactly where did this knowledge originate?

Al Gore's movie no doubt. Hell, it won an Academy Award... it must be true! < / s >

18 posted on 04/08/2008 5:38:08 PM PDT by Ditto (Global Warming: The 21st Century's Snake Oil)
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To: pfflier
A high schooler's knowledge vs published work by two authors?

Well, last week a 5th grader corrected The Smithsonian.

19 posted on 04/08/2008 5:46:10 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: SmithL
"LaClair"

That sounds too French to take him seriously.

20 posted on 04/08/2008 5:46:28 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Traveler59
"Science without religion is lame."

-Albert Einstein
21 posted on 04/08/2008 5:46:31 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: SmithL
A tempest in a teapot because a schoolbook is too "conservative?"

I will accept the impartiality of this when we get a list of the "investigations" aobout schoolbooks being too liberal, pro-gay, pro-socialism, and pro-scare-of-the-month...

22 posted on 04/08/2008 5:48:03 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: kinsman redeemer
Appuyez sur 2 pour le français.

"Cela sonne trop français à prendre au sérieux."

23 posted on 04/08/2008 5:48:49 PM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Traveler59
"Science without religion is lame."

-Albert Einstein
24 posted on 04/08/2008 5:49:32 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Phantom Lord
Well, last week a 5th grader corrected The Smithsonian.

That was about science, not about opinion.
A world of difference.

25 posted on 04/08/2008 5:50:15 PM PDT by Publius6961 (MSM: Israelis are killed by rockets; Lebanese are killed by Israelis.)
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To: kinsman redeemer

LOL!!!


26 posted on 04/08/2008 5:53:13 PM PDT by darkangel82 (If you're not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. (Say no to RINOs))
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To: Publius6961

I was only commenting on your comment of a student vs. published authors.


27 posted on 04/08/2008 5:55:52 PM PDT by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: SmithL

Read the entire article. This guy reminds of the pain in the arse thinks-he-knows-it-all type. There’s one in every class. Most students reactions to these guys - “Aw geez, not this s%%t again!”


28 posted on 04/08/2008 5:57:07 PM PDT by Darren McCarty (Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in - Michael Corleone)
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To: SmithL
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29 posted on 04/08/2008 5:58:53 PM PDT by magslinger (cranky right-winger)
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To: Omedalus

THE KID IS A HAPLESS SHILL


30 posted on 04/08/2008 6:01:04 PM PDT by SO RIGHT ( LET'S BE HONEST, IN A UNION SCHOOL, THESE ISSUES NEED NOT BE FOUND BY A STUDENT)
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To: SmithL; IrishCatholic; Delacon; TenthAmendmentChampion; Horusra; CygnusXI; Fiddlstix; ...
 


Global Warming Scam News & Views

31 posted on 04/08/2008 6:11:37 PM PDT by steelyourfaith
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To: Phantom Lord
Yes he did and that was because there was a factual error.

In the case of global warming, I don't believe there is any clear cut consensus on the "facts", only who's "facts" you want to believe.

32 posted on 04/08/2008 7:30:35 PM PDT by pfflier
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To: Traveler59

‘As a science professor I had once said; “Science is a game we play with God to find out what his rules are.”’

I do believe that’s one of the core beliefs of the order of St. Benedict. Science teacher at a Catholic school?


33 posted on 04/08/2008 9:59:52 PM PDT by Omedalus
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To: RightWhale

Yep.


34 posted on 04/08/2008 11:50:33 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Never forget Matt Maupin)
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To: Omedalus
As a matter of fact, a Catholic Seminary in Madison, Wisconsin.

-Traveler

35 posted on 04/09/2008 3:35:50 AM PDT by Traveler59 (Truth is a journey, not a destination.)
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To: SmithL
Hansen has sent Houghton Mifflin a letter stating that the book's discussion on global warming contained "a large number of clearly erroneous statements" that give students "the mistaken impression that the scientific evidence of global warming is doubtful and uncertain

Yep, it is cooling!

36 posted on 04/09/2008 3:43:14 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: SmithL
Looks like this kid will amount to something when he finishes school. My daughter also questioned authority while attending HS and college.

Meanwhile, factually accurate books by Howard Zinn sit in a dark corner, gathering dust.

37 posted on 04/09/2008 8:13:17 AM PDT by MurryMom
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To: SmithL

This immediately made me think of “Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James Loewen, which deals with inaccuracy and omission in high school level history textbooks. One of his points is that textbook publishers water down historical controversies to prevent negative responses that could hurt their sales. I’d bet the heavily qualified language about global warming in the book has less to do with political bias on the part of its authors or publisher, and more to do with creating a wishy-washy textbook designed not to upset either side of the debate (but apparently failing to do so).


38 posted on 04/09/2008 8:21:51 AM PDT by Polonius (It's called logic, it'll help you.)
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To: SmithL

The Center for Inquiry was established in 1991 by philosopher and author Paul Kurtz. It brought together two organizations: the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal[1] (CSICOP) and the Council for Secular Humanism[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Center_for_Inquiry


39 posted on 04/09/2008 9:55:41 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: MurryMom
"Meanwhile, factually accurate books by Howard Zinn sit in a dark corner, gathering dust."

LOL. We know you are a far-left mental defective but worshipping Howard Zinn is not going to win you credibility with anyone worthy of respect....
40 posted on 04/09/2008 9:58:12 AM PDT by Enchante (Hillary: I brought peace to Northern Ireland, I dodged sniper bullets in Bosnia....... HUH???)
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To: MurryMom

Question authority including the authority of the socialist who demands that you tear down the old authority’s established order.


41 posted on 04/09/2008 10:04:39 AM PDT by weegee (March 18th, 2008 Obama~"I did NOT listen to the sermons of that man, Jeremiah Wright...")
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To: pfflier
To be fair I caught textbook errors as far back as 7th grade. I actually wrote in about a painting claiming to show American battleships at the Battle of Midway. I noted that the ships were clearly cruisers and documented that fact that our heaviest surface action forces were carriers and cruisers. I never got a response.

And don't get me started on my textbooks for AP US and European history.

42 posted on 04/10/2008 8:28:31 AM PDT by rmlew (There is no god but G_d and Moses is his Prophet.)
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To: MurryMom
Meanwhile, factually accurate books by Howard Zinn sit in a dark corner, gathering dust.
A Peoples History contains dozens of errors, aside from it being communist agitprop.
43 posted on 04/10/2008 8:29:43 AM PDT by rmlew (There is no god but G_d and Moses is his Prophet.)
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