Sutherland Institute questions textbook issues

Published on April 23, 2010 at 07:34AM

(SALT LAKE CITY) – A conservative think tank is accusing the Utah State Office of Education and school districts of using books and supplemental materials that push an environmentalist agenda. Policy analyst and research author Matthew Piccolo of the Sutherland Institute said Thursday students should learn about the facts of the global warming issue and not just accept an environmental political agenda. Piccolo said teachers in school districts are instructing students on theories that are not based on fact and a lot of textbooks contain material on limiting population growth, saying the earth’s resources are not enough. He said the Sutherland Institute is pushing for balance on issues that have not been proven to be true. State Office of Education spokesman Mark Peterson says the group’s issues will be reviewed the next time core curriculum is periodically revised in that area.