This era [slavery] in American history has shaped our national identity and until we get it right, we will continue to be encumbered with racism.
“The United States of Energy” was a colorful series of lessons on the advantages of coal, aimed at 4th-graders—and sponsored by Big Coal. Here’s how educators and activists worked together to get it out of classrooms.
While developing activities on coal and the climate crisis in 2011 for Rethinking Schools magazine, I ran across a curriculum, The United States of Energy, from Scholastic, the venerable education publisher. It was a colorful series of lessons, aimed at fourth-graders, which explored the various sources for energy in the United States. The