Enviro Education Expert Snubbed by Congress

Enviro Education Expert Snubbed by Congress

Witnesses Included Only One Side of Heated Issue
June 29, 2000

Washington, DC, June 29, 2000 – The Early Childhood, Youth and Families Subcommittee held a hearing this week to hear testimony about reauthorizing the National Environmental Education Act. Conspicuously absent from the list of witnesses were any critics of the Act.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

Noted environmental education researcher Michael Sanera of the Center for Environmental Education Research, a project of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, expressed his disappointment in such a biased hearing. 

“Two of the listed witnesses receive grant money under this Act and the other two would gain budget authority if the Act was reauthorized,” Dr. Sanera pointed out.  “This Act has been an abysmal failure as my research has indicated over the years.  Our children are being frightened by environmental extremism in the schools with not the slightest attempt to provide any balance.”

Dr. Sanera is the co-author, with Jane S. Shaw, of Facts Not Fear: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Children About the Environment, 2nd edition (Regnery, 1999).  The book updates the research from the highly acclaimed 1996 edition and provides many specific examples of classroom bias. 

“According to the National Environment Education Act, the EPA is responsible to make certain that bias in environmental education is eliminated from the textbooks.  This hasn’t happened,” Dr. Sanera continued.  “Worse yet, our requests for information about this Act under the Freedom of Information Act have been ignored.”

Dr. Sanera was contacted to testify before the committee, but his invitation was withdrawn for reasons unknown.

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