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Facts, Not Fear: Teaching Children About the Environment Second Edition,Second Edition Edition

2.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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Jane Shaw is chaplain and dean of divinity at New College Oxford. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing; Second Edition,Second Edition edition (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895262932
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895262936
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,784,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is the most accessible of the free-market environmentalist works.
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.
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I am not a parent, but even I found this book to be a nice reference and an enjoyable read. It is rare and refreshing to find a book that treats environmentalism from a rational perspective.
Naturally, environmentalists are quick to attack it, as they should--such applications of reason and sound judgement threaten their agenda.
The information is thoroughly cited: you won't find the vague references to mystery "sources" prevalent in environmentalist books.
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As a parent who is also a teacher of high school Environmental Science, I found this book very informative and solid. The textbooks I am required to use in teaching environmental issues are unfortunately very biased and one-sided. I cannot in good conscience teach children that their world is doomed, and this book presents a balanced look at problems and presents possible solutions where needed. The graphs are extremely telling and useful. While much so-called environmental "science" is really pushing a socialist political agenda, this book presents statistics and facts in a way that is accessible to all. It is a useful resource for both parents and teachers of all ages of children.
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Facts Not Fear is an excellent book for both parents and educators alike. It is very refreshing to see the authors use scientific facts to explain and explore environmental issues, instead of "gloom and doom"scare tactics which are so prevalent in or childrens texts. Facts Not Fear is essential reading for virtually everyone, because it offers a balanced perspective on a variety of environmental subjects, from natural resoures to global warming. READ THIS BOOK TODAY!
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What passes for ecological education today is really indoctrination. You can mold and shape innocent little minds by getting them to hate, abhor, and accede to popular delusions. True education is difficult. Science and economics give students the tools to think for themselves, but many teachers and parents are not inclined or equipped to take the extra steps necessary for rational analysis of ecological problems. Instead they have created a religion through affective programming so that anything "green" is good, and the production and consumption of goods and services is bad. Lamentably, we have an influential minority of self-anointed environmentalists who serve as priests who must be appeased at any cost. And we all bear the consequences of ill-conceived laws and regulations that cannot stand scrutiny, but which reduce our standard of living and our liberty. You can observe the results of ecological indoctrination by viewing the reviews of the intolerant, outraged "true believers" who eschew Facts, Not Fear: Teaching Children About the Environment.
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It's about time. This book is a must have for anyone who is not afraid to buck the common fokelore on the environment and face facts. Despite what some of the other reviews have said, this is NOT a sugar coated, "everything is really ok" kind of book. I was impressed by the balanced, realistic view the authors took on the issues. Just as an example, they don't deny that the earth's temperature has increased, but they cite research that shows that it has only been an average 1-3 degrees increase *in the last 100 years,* which is insignificant. And that most of that increase was in the first half of the century. And that it is cyclical (you may remember that in the 70's, for example, they were predicting the next ice age). There are hundreds of little - well researched - nuggets like that that put some reality over the hype and hysteria of the environmental extremists.
If you're looking for a balanced approached to the environment, and you're not afraid of perhaps challenging some of your own beliefs, this book is a must read.
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Sanera and Shaw do a wonderful job explaining the true nature of many of this country's most important environmental concerns. More importantly, they allow readers to learn that we are not headed for environmental oblivion just because we live in a technologically advanced society.
Well meaning environmentalists who display a weakness for alarmism actually do the cause of a grave disservice. When every problem from global warming to deforestation is a "crisis" of epic proportions, there is no way to judge which needs are most pressing. If every concern "threatens life on the planet," how do we make a rational judgement about which ones to address with our mental and financial resources? Sanera and Shaw help us figure out which environmental concerns will have the highest marginal return for remediation investment, surely a prerequisite for any meaningful environmental effort.
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