Illinois’ Coal Curriculum is Misleading our Kids
Illinois Science Teachers Association
43rd Annual Conference
October 27 – 29, 2011
Tinley Park, Illinois
Eco-Justice Collaborative will be joining Prairie Rivers Network in tabling at the 43rd Annual Conference of the Illinois Science Teachers Association. We’ll be talking with Illinois teachers about the real costs of using coal as a primary energy source and exposing the fact that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity’s coal curriculum for kids is misleading our children at taxpayer’s expense.
If you are an educator attending this conference, stop by our booth! For more information on the conference click here.
The education of our children is a sacred trust that we give to our teachers. Yet, educators in Illinois are being asked to violate that trust for the economic gain and vested interests of the coal industry.
This past April, EJC obtained a copy of the curriculum materials entitled “From the Coal Mines to the Power Lines“. The state-supported curriculum includes hundreds of pages of material, maps, posters and CD-ROMs purporting to be an effective vehicle for meeting Illinois State Learning Standards teaching language arts, math, natural science and social science in our schools. Taken as a whole, it is a highly biased program aimed at casting coal and coal companies in the most positive light possible and encouraging public allegiance to the coal industry, beginning with our youngest and most impressionable citizens.
If our young people are to be taught about coal, then let’s tell them the whole truth, not a one-sided, biased and self-serving story contrived for the benefit of Illinois economic interests. Why else would an Illinois department charged with economic development and an industry seeking financial gain join forces to become “educators”.
Our children’s trust should not be violated and their education should not be for sale! Learn more…