How Climate Change Is Taught in America

Why are so many American children learning so much misinformation about climate change?

Investigative reporter Katie Worth reviewed scores of textbooks, built a 50-state database, and traveled to a dozen communities to talk to children and teachers about what is being taught, and found a red-blue divide in climate education. More than one-third of young adults believe that climate change is not man-made, and science teachers who teach global warming are being contradicted by history teachers who tell children not to worry about it. Who has tried to influence what children learn, and how successful have they been? Worth connects the dots to find out how oil corporations, state legislatures, school boards, and textbook publishers sow uncertainty, confusion, and distrust about climate science. A thoroughly researched, eye-opening look at how some states do not want children to learn the facts about climate change.

  • ISBN: 9781735913643
  • Price: $15.99
  • E-book ISBN: 9781735913650
  • On Sale: November 9, 2021
  • Pages: 140


“Climate change is an unprecedented threat to our global community, and the frontlines of our efforts to address that threat are in the nation’s classrooms where clearheaded, well-informed educators can provide the coming generation with the facts about its causes and likely consequences. But what if those classrooms have been infiltrated by bad actors? In this engagingly written and important book, Katie Worth reveals how the science education that might save us has been influenced by partisan politics and special interests putting the future of us all at risk.” —John L. Rudolph, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of How We Teach Science: What’s Changed, and Why It Matters

About the author

Katie Worth

Katie Worth is an Emmy-award-winning investigative journalist and the inaugural FRONTLINE-Columbia Tow Journalism Fellow. She was the recipient of an O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism at Marquette University. Her work has appeared in Scientific American, National Geographic, Slate, Wall Street Journal, and was included in The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2016@katieworth