UPDATE: See the NSTA response and explanation regarding this matter.
In an opinion piece in the Washington Post Sunday (Nov. 26, 2006, p. B01), Laurie David (a producer of “An Inconvenient Truth,” a Natural Resources Defense Council trustee and founder of StopGlobalWarming.org) relates how the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) rejected an offer to donate 50,000 free copies of the DVD “An Inconvenient Truth” for use in science classrooms.
For that, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann awarded NSTA president Linda Crosshauer his recognition as “The Worst Person in the World” on his show Monday night (see video below).
For more links, and Olbermann video clip,
- Blog post by John Whiteside on the Houston Chronicle site.
- John Borowski article at Common Dreams News Center
- NewsBusters posts applauding NSTA rejection of the offer
- (as of this posting, there is nothing about this at the NSTA pressroom)
What about NCSS, the National Council for the Social Studies? The video could be appropriate in some social studies classes, and social studies teachers could share it with their science teacher colleagues. Since NCSS is never likely to get major funding from the oil industry, it need not be concerned about losing their support (which is one suggested motivation for the NSTA decision — but see update above).
Here is the Olbermann segment referenced above: