Textbooks in California include a positive message about plastic shopping bags, and a lobbying group may be behind it.I can't believe this one got past the environmentalists. They've been pushing cities to enact plastic bag bans, so I'm sure their heads are popping with the release of this story.
According to an investigation by Susanne Rust, an environmental reporter at California Watch, while a group lobbying for the plastics industry was fighting plastic shopping bag bans around the country, they also were able to get 11th grade textbooks and teachers’ guides rewritten to include the positives of their products.
A new section appears in textbooks talking about the advantages of plastic shopping bags, and encourages teachers to have students list some positive things about using plastic bags. Correct answers include the bags’ convenience, they cost less to transport and can be reused.
According to Rust’s investigation, the new sections in these textbooks include language from letters written by the American Chemistry Council, which lobbies on behalf of the plastics industry.
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Can't we just get back to teaching the basics instead of pushing gay history and plastic bag nonsense?
Posted by Rick Moore on 8/20/2011