Sutherland Newsletter – March 25, 2010

1.APRIL 29 UPF: WHY BALANCED FEDERALISM IS GOOD FOR UTAH

With serious concerns and frustrations about the expansion of the national government, the nextUtah Prosperity Forum explores the topic:

 

“Why Balanced Federalism Is Good for Utah”

 

Sutherland Institute invites you to join us on Thursday, April 29, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm, as Senator Michael Waddoups, president of the Utah State Senate, Robin Riggs, vice president and general counsel for the Salt Lake Chamber, and LaVarr Webb, publisher of Utah Policy Daily, address this critical and timely issue.  The Utah Prosperity Forum was developed to facilitate constructive and civil dialogue about complex and sometimes controversial issues pertaining to Utah’s economy.

 

As seating will be limited and pre-registration is required, we encourage you to REGISTER SOON by contacting Jim Giometta at 801-355-1272, by sending an email tojgiometta@sutherlandinstitute.org.  The $10 participation fee includes lunch.

 

The venue for this session will be the Sutherland Institute conference room, located in the Crane Building, 307 West 200 South, Suite 5005, in downtown Salt Lake City.  For additional information or inquiries, please call 801-355-1272.

 

2.INSTITUTE WARY OF “GREEN” CURRICULUM

“Green” activists are trying to advance their agenda by influencing children through the public school system – even in Utah.
In Sutherland Institute’s most recent publication, Green Curriculum: What Is Being Taught in Utah’s Schools, Policy Analyst Matthew Piccolo asserts that while environmental activists’ efforts do not yet pervade Utah public schools, parents should be aware that some of Utah’s current curricular materials may be cause for concern.
In his research, Piccolo found that “many Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and school district-recommended materials include politicized, unscientific theory on the topics of climate change, population growth, and ‘sustainable development.’” In these materials, many authors present their opinions as fact.
For example, Piccolo cites textbooks that make exaggerated, political claims about the link between human activity-generated CO2 emissions and global warming. One author declares that “global climate change is perhaps the greatest challenge facing human civilization in the 21st century.”
Several textbooks advocate for limiting population growth and suggest expanding “family-planning services” as one way of doing so. They also call Americans “selfish” for “overconsuming” resources and criticize “antienvironmentalists” for “wrecking environmental programs,” comparing them to termites.
Sutherland recommends that the USOE and school districts remove textbooks that include political bias or inaccuracies from their lists of recommended materials. The Institute further proposes that schools should be required to notify parents in advance which textbooks their children will use for Earth Systems and Environmental Science classes.