- Paperback: 269 pages
- Publisher: Regnery Publishing; 2 edition (November 1, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0895262932
- ISBN-13: 978-0895262936
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
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Facts, Not Fear: Teaching Children About the Environment 2nd Edition
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Are we really going to run out of oxygen due to deforestation? Is overpopulation really the crisis that the schools say it is? Will billions starve? Are millions going to die from skin cancer due to ozone depletion? Are we really running out of trees and other resources? Are we "deforesting the U.S. at the fastest pace in our history" as the Sierra Club claims? Is the planet overheating? Is there really no more room for landfills? These questions require facts, not fear, and the authors deliver the former while discussing reasonable solutions to real environmental problems.
Most chapters of the book have been reviewed for technical content by two or more scholars in relevant areas, whose names and affiliations are given. For example, Chapter 17, "Don't Eat That Apple!" (dealing with the overblown fears of chemicals in foods) was reviewed by Dr. Gordon Gribble, Professor of Chemistry at Dartmouth University; by Dr. Joseph D. Rosen, Professor of Food Chemistry at Rutgers University; and Dr. Steven Safe, Distinguished Professor of Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology at Texas A&M University. Chapter 18, "A Garbage Crisis?" was reviewed by Dr. M.B. Hocking, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Victoria; by William Rathje, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Arizona and Director of the internationally recognized Garbage Project; and by Dr. Clark Wiseman, Professor of Economics at Gonzaga University.
Parents will learn what school textbooks are saying about the environment, and will find helpful information and documentation to balance what is incorrect or exaggerated. Parents will also find helpful discussion topics and recommended exercises and activities to help their children better understand these important topics in real contexts:
For example: "When your children raise concerns about the air pollution created by cars, ask them if they would rather live in a world with 'clean, nonpolluting' horses instead of polluting cars...
"Sit down with your children and add to their list of household chores feeding the horse twice a day and cleaning the stall or corral. (Few children realize that horses create forty pounds of manure per day and that this 'pollution' must be disposed of.) Or, take your children to visit a local stable. Have the owner or manager show your children the stalls and what it means to 'muck out a stall.' Ask the owner to tell your children how much waste is produced by the horses and how the people who work at the stable get rid of it. Then ask your children to imagine every car on your block replaced by a horse. What would the street be like? How would it smell?"
The authors have provided a very useful resource for the responsible modern parent.
It is sad that many people will write it off out of closed-mindedness and intellectual intolerance. That we ought to consider the costs as well as the benefits of slowing economic growth to benefit the environment, or that some well-intentioned environmental policies have disastrous unintended consequences -- these and other ideas in the book cut against the dogma accepted by the popular press and the education establishment.
Contrary to what some of the other reviews tell us, the logic and scientific authority in this book is impeccable, and the benefits of sound environmental policy do not go unremarked. (If you want poor logic and duplicitous omission of facts, go to Zero Population Growth -- I had the pleasure of attending one of their high-school workshops, and it was frightening indeed.)
Highly recommended. If you want your child to receive a more balanced view of enviromental iss! ues than he or she may be getting in school, or if you want a quick survey of those issues for yourself, look no further.
Through the content of this book, parents are being encouraged to put their valuable time and energy into becoming adversaries against well-educated and environmentally-minded schoolteachers. These teachers have the best interests of the planet and the next generation in mind.
Sure, it would be nice to think that we don't need to be afraid for the health of our planet. I would truly love to believe the misinformation that's included in this book--but the "facts" presented in the book are based on fuzzy logic and poor propaganda.
If your public library is given a copy of this book, notify the library officials as to its nature. It is promoted and endorsed by Dr. James Dobson, the right-wing extremist who would be pleased if the U.S. government collapsed in a similar way to the Soviet Union (See the August 1997 newsletter from Dobson's group "Focus on the Family").