Story submitted by Eric Worrall | The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has published a critique which expresses deep concerns about the latest McGraw Hill Education, World Cultures & Geography [Teacher Version] (Grade 6) school textbook. According to the critique;
“This book has a deeply concerning section comparing the Heartland Institute with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in relation to climate change.
This misleads students as to good sources of information, pitting an ideologically driven advocacy group (Heartland Institute) that receives funding from Big Tobacco and polluters against a Nobel Peace Prize-winning scientific body (IPCC).
The IPCC reports utilize hundreds of scientific experts and reviewers, as well as thousands of peer-reviewed articles. The Heartland Institute has no such expertise nor do they utilize the depth of research available in this area. Independent of the content area, this is a completely inappropriate presentation of the information or comparison of sources.
Specifically; “This entire section is misleading. Scientists do not disagree about what is causing climate change, the vast majority (97%) of climate papers and actively publishing climatologists (again 97%) agree that human activity is responsible.”
As support for this claim, the NCSE cites a paper which references Naomi Oreskes, who is a well known
objective activist scientist, and a deeply flawed paper whose lead author was John Cook, the cartoonist who runs Skeptical Science.
The link to the Cook paper is broken, the link they were trying to provide is this one. http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/2/024024/article
My thought – this effort by the NCSE deserves an “F”. Not only did they not bother to proof read their own paper, they also obviously didn’t perform any serious background research on the activist sourced material they provided, as the supporting evidence for their critique of Texan education policy.