Wanted: Textbook Detectives To Look for Coal July 25, 2013

coalintextbooksWe need your help. The Zinn Education Project has teamed up with Eric Grunebaum, one of the producers of the excellent film on the fight against mountaintop removal coal mining, The Last Mountain, to research and expose the treatment of coal in textbooks.

Coal still supplies 40% of our electricity and is the leading cause of climate change — not to mention, massive health costs, like hundreds of thousands of mercury poisonings, pulmonary diseases and tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. But in our initial research, we’ve found that coal is either virtually invisible in the curriculum, or is lied about.

Grunebaum continues to work on coal issues, and is now developing a traveling science exhibition, “The Rock that Changed the World,” for science and natural history centers. Rethinking Schools and the Zinn Education Project intend more educational articles on coal.

But before we embark on new projects, we’d like to gather comprehensive data to show exactly how coal is portrayed in U.S. textbooks.

This is where you come in. We’re looking for folks in every state at every grade level to crack open textbooks (both social studies and science) and just email us text or images of the selections on coal. Look coal up in the index, and then send us whatever the textbook has to say. Scans or in-focus pix should do it. That’s it!

Of course, also send us the region which uses the textbook and the standard bibliography info: title, publisher, copyright date, and the page numbers for the citations.

Please email your results to RockThatChangedTheWorld@gmail.com.

Eric Grunebaum and team will compile the responses and share them with the Zinn Education Project. We will post them on our website and send a link to everyone who submits their textbook findings.


There is one comment:

  • Great!! And find out how the labor movement is treated in schools. I grew up in West Virginia hearing nary a word about the battle of Blair Mountain (my grandpa was in it so I heard about it from him.)

    Response shared by Anonymous — September 19, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

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