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Eyes Wide OpenAnd most the author gave the impression the pool of reputable scientists conducting legitimate research with findings very different than that predicted or xpected by the rest of the scientific community could be ignored or written offAn inordinate amount of time in my opinion was spent on the need to find greener Cruise Control energy sources I would have liked to see pages devoted to conservation of resources and water conservation It was there but not that much Remember your audience Aimed a young adult market the one thing most of them can start working on right now is reducing their own imprint on thenvironment If you re going to discredit recycling as reuiring a lot of nergy and therefore being less ffective perhaps City Limits espouse the reduce and reuse parts of the 3 R s Kudos though on the coverage of the international initiative or lack of initiative to reduce themission of greenhouse gasses and decrease carbon build up in the atmosphere Also xcellent coverage of the tension between the developing countries and the already stablished post industrial age countries like the US and the different needs and desires of both in terms of standard of living and nergy consumption However there are a few statements that caused me to read and reread passages becausewell uite frankly there seemed to be a few weird conclusions and cause and ffect relationships I ve never seen substantiated For Culture and Enchantment example on page 124 Rwanda possessedxhausted land stripped forests and Africa s densest population attempting to survive on ver smaller and steeper plots These conditions led to the genocide of 800000 people in 1994I d like to find a source for that I suppose Hitler Mao Stalin tc were also dealing with D DAY Through German Eyes 2 environmental issues How about the French revolution The Civil War Whileconomic factors always contribute to a war and the Baroque Personae environment can certainly play a factor in theconomic conditions of a country how many of these conditions can concretely be blamed on human action or inaction Democratic Art especially thosenvironmental issues occurring pre industrial revolution The inclusion of this fact in the book has me uestioning what other overly simplified rationalizations or hypotheses Did the Greeks Believe in Their Myths? expressed as fact may occur in the book Nevertheless I thought this was a good book with lots of good information in it It is very readable and should appeal to its teen audience I sincerely wish the author had suggested possible courses of action for its audience members to take rather than just telling them to seek out additional information Note I received anlectronic review copy of this book from the publisher and NetGalley in xchange for an unbiased review Richie s Picks EYES WIDE OPEN GOING BEHIND THE ENVIRONMENTAL HEADLINES by Paul Fleischman Candlewick September 2014 208p ISBN 978 0 7636 7102 0 Oh mercy mercy meAh things ain t what they used to beWhat about this overcrowded landHow much abuse from man can she stand Marvin Gaye Who would guess that Citizens for Recycling First is a coal industry front group promoting the use of coal ash in industry The Greening Earth Society sounds green but it s in favor of CO2 missions EYES WIDE OPEN is about the global Codependent Forevermore: The Invention of Self in a Twelve Step Group environmental issues that if not dealt with substantively will make Planet Earth uninhabitable for humankind Butven importantly EYES WIDE OPEN is a book about information literacy It shows how the world really works in the 21st century and it repeatedly reveals how people are often duped into opposing their own best interests One of the most important concepts presented by Paul Fleischman is the need to understand and recognize vested interests If you owned an nergy drink factory your desire to make a profit would give you a vested interest in opposing laws that would keep your product out of school vending machines You d no doubt belong to a trade group that would Hire Lobbyists To Fight Such Laws Your Trade Group Would lobbyists to fight such laws Your trade group would public relations PR firms to improve the public s opinion of nergy drinks through ads articles Facebook posts tweets and the talking heads you see interviewed on TV news The information dispersed might or might not be accurate Its goal isn t truth but promoting nergy drinks This distinction is crucial Impartial investigators have nothing to gain from their particular findings They test and revise them in a continuing uest for accuracy This is the model science follows Vested interests prime goal is preserving their power not seeking truth The vidence is all the model science follows Vested interests prime goal is preserving their power not seeking truth The Pansy Vol. 6 evidence is all you When powerful people or institutions are accused of misconduct from army massacres and police brutality cases to clergy sex abuse scandals and cyclist Lance Armstrong s use of performancenhancing drugs the first reaction is almost always to refute the charge no matter how accurate If the truth is a threat to power money or reputation there s a strong motive to cover it up In a past Edible Memory: The Lure of Heirloom Tomatoes and Other Forgotten Foods era students werexpected to memorize a limited body of information and regurgitate it during tests But today the forever growing wealth of information makes it Elizabeth I essential for students to learn how tofficiently search for retrieve and Education in a New Society evaluate the information they need to answer uestions and solve problems EYES WIDE OPEN provides a common sense framework for understanding why we regularlyncounter so much misinformationEYES WIDE OPEN is an apt title for this indispensable book Issues of worldwide population growth of increases in production of and consumption of stuff of the race to xploit fossil fuels of the need to produce larger and larger amounts of food and the climate changes that result from all these other global issues DON T CAUSE US TO REACT t cause us to react the same way that the 911 attacks did Most of us are ignorant of the planet and people damaging processes through which our stuff and nergy and food are produced We can go on forever blind to what s really going on unless we begin to pay attention Throughout EYES WIDE OPEN Paul Fleischman refers to dozens of other books and informat. Weren't visible for centuries but now they are Suddenly verything needs rethinking – suburbs cars fast food cheap prices It's a changed world This book xplains it Not with isolated facts but the principles driving attitudes and vents from vested interests to denial to big country syndrome Because First this is a great book for xposing YA readers middle to high school to the world of facts and research I highly recommend it if for no other reason than that The following are responses from a class for which I read this book Dr A You brought up the various types of pieces Fleischman has created as well as the issue of the design of this particular book While I found Eyes Wide Open to be interesting in its visual business it s definitely going to cause some YA readers to have fits as they try to navigate it It actually felt like a web site with the links xploded than a book in fact I think it would work a lot better as an interactive piece than as a static textOne reason is that it would allow readers to roll over or click through to find definitions or xamples rather than having them splashed across a page or stuck in a marginAnother reason is that making the piece digital would allow the author to Freak Show embed videos and links rather than simply referencing them and hoping the audience will go track them down Third and perhaps most importantly by making this a static text Fleischman has given up the ability to keep the information updated outside of publishing revisedditions There were several points while reading this book that I found myself going Wait that s not true that decision was overturnedthat issue was decided a while ago or But what about from last year I am not a super informed nvironmentalist but I found myself wanting to see an updated version of this work that would include follow ups on some of the points raised particularly regarding the rise in the use of solar and window nergy and the relatively rapid spread of Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation electric vehicles If this was a digital property though the information could not only be amended uickly andasily to keep YA readers up to date with the latest developments in these important issues but it would also allow for Gender Justice expansion on particular topics and the introduction of new topics as they come up Nevertheless this is an interestingngaging and important YA book It is very accessible and to my mind it provides an Generations and Collective Memory excellent introduction to bothnvironmental issues and information literacy Sarah I like your S particularly the image you chose for the background juxtaposing a mountain with a city nicely captures the content of this book I also agree that the section on gauging the reliability of sources that is included at the nd in addition to those same lements being woven throughout the work is noteworthy I plan to specifically share those last few pages with my students to help them think about the nonfiction sources of information they consult Later this year my 8th grade students will From Notes to Narrative embark on an action research project in which they must identify a problem that affects one of the communities to which they belong create a plan for attempting to fix or reduce that problem and then carry out that plan and report back on their results I wish I had access to a range of books like Eyes Wide Open that covered a variety of issues likeconomic disparity ocean dumping animal shelters and the other perennial favorite topics that students gravitate towards because EWO does such a fine job of as you said talking with rather than down to its audience I must admit that there were places where I felt EWO was a bit preachy and it was clear that Fleischman was advancing his own personal opinions but he did so by marshaling facts to his cause and providing his sources so that readers could follow up on his claims and decide for themselves how much they could take his ideas at face value He Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America even provided some links to opposition sources so readers could do their own comparing and contrasting and ultimately deciding I suppose this is an answer to the first part of your second discussion uestion As to the second part I would say that facts are facts in and of themselves they are not political It s what people try to do with those facts that makes them political To thatnd I think the claim that there needs to be fair and balanced coverage of issues is ridiculous and in itself is a political ploy To say that we need to cover both sides of the climate change debate is to say While we have informed and settled science from professionals in the area on the Yes it s happening side we need to give ual time and weight to the nonscientific side that has a hunch that climate change is not really happening Anyone who does this is picking a side and it s not the scientifically proven one These smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers like us Who thinks I should fly the plane The New Yorker December 27 2016 I think comedian Patton Oswalt summed up this issue rather nicely Very well researched poorly written Completely awesome Read it whatever your age PossiblyI researched poorly written Completely awesome Read it whatever your age PossiblyI definitely the best book I ve read this year This is a terrific overview of current nvironmental issues in asy and interesting language The presentation is not overwhelming with Just Enough Design Space Around The Text Captions And Bullet enough design space around the text Captions and bullet in the margin offer online and text connections to great resources and I spent my whole day moving back and forth between the book and various videos and websites The focus of the book is to be a conscious and wary cons I liked this book I thought it made some good points and brought a little clarity and succinctness to a very often discussed but seldom consolidated topicHowever despite mentioning a few of the opposing viewpoints and sources for opposing viewpoints the author seems to have picked his side and didn t stray far from it He discounted the legitimate scientists and scientific research that disagree with the nvironmental frenzy and global warming by using phrases like most legitimate scientists believe in global warming and many of the studies that refute global warming are paid for by special interest groups Please be aware these are not xact uotes from the book The point is by couching the phrases in many. Paul Fleischman offers teens an nvironmental wake up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting themWe're living in an Ah Ha moment Take 250 years of human ingenuity Add abundant fossil fuels The result a population and lifestyle never before seen The downsides. .

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Ion resources ach of which will further nlighten readers about these Foraging for Survival environmental and information issues One could readily build a comprehensive course of study around these references History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they havexhausted all other alternatives Abba Eban 1915 2002 as uoted in EYES WIDE OPENBarring some nick of time miracle cure our generation and the ones that follow are Fragments eventually going to be forced by Mother Nature to wise up and make some hard choices Those who read EYES WIDE OPEN will have taken a giant step toward understanding these issues and the necessity for action Richie Partington MLISRichie s Picks Little Free Library copyFour stars for content one star for horrible layout and graphic design The frenetic design made me want to throw the book a Note Just named SLJ Best Bks of 2014 This is one of the best books I have read on climate change Maybe the best in terms of comprehensiveness of the subject For such a relatively tiny book I can t figure out how Fleischman stuffed so much into it This is a whopping 153 pages for the main text of the book The back matter which is remarkable in howxtensive it is goes to p 190 I should point out right now that I read the ARC so page numbers may be off a bit The ARC looks a bit boring I m hoping that the final form will have photos in color as well as well chosen accents to the book The ARC did put me off reading it for a while because it is all black and white UPDATE The photos are still all black and white but are much sharper and clearer which helps a fair amount I m disappointed they didn t have color photos in this book since I think it would have increased teen appeal Unlike the contents of the book which addresses teens directly and shows them how to Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries evaluate whether a source they are reading about whether in print or online is a valid source and acknowledges how grey life can be Ultimately that is the real theme of the book in many ways and it is one many adults could use as well However thenvironmental information in this book is superb I ve been reading about climate change for a while and I learnt things from this book which often you wouldn t xpect because it is merely a book for teenagers That is one of the few fallacies Fleischman forgot to cover in this book but it definitely is true for this book Most adults would be relieved to read such a primer on climate change because like the best of writing Fleischman makes no assumptions about prior knowledge on a subject Writers for adults can be lazy and assume that adults have basic knowledge and skip over basics leaving adults to mutter about the incompleteness of the book I certainly have done so Fleischman knowing he was writing for teens covers all the basics and does an xcellent job The photos and captions add incredibly to the text itself That is why I m anxious to see what the final copy looks like I really can t think of an aspect of climate change that Fleischman didn t cover He talks about mental fallacies such as normalcy bias that makes it hard for People To Accept Climate Change He Talks About Technology And to Accept Climate Change He climate change He about technology and increase He talks abut the PR campaigns that the fossil fuel industry have used to foster doubt about climate change He talks about how he became interested in the subject he found first a few then and dead bees on his driveway which makes it immediate to readers He talks without using jargon and he defines verything both in the text when using the new word and in a really xtensive glossary He doesn t just list books and articles in his bib He probably has websites listed than books although I didn t count them so I could be wrong on that I love that he lists sites such as Snopes so readers can check out the truth of what they find He xplains how to judge a source to see if it is valid or not Actually teachers could use this in so many ways to teach kids how to THINK That is really the true value of this book It teaches teens how to think and valuate for themselves not just rely on some sources One Ticket To Texas even this book It is a good thing I ordered copies for the library system before I really read this book I d have been unable to resist buying copies and I think I likely got a good number for the interests of our community I highly recommend this book toveryone Adults teens kids with the ability to stick With A Higher Reading a higher reading than they may have routinely gotten In short I d love to see pretty much Helpmate everyone read this to be honest When incoming high school freshmen bring their AP World History summer reading lists to the library I hope to see this nonfiction title about climate change suggested at the very top History is happening right here and right now p 3 and if we do not change our direction we are likely tond up where we are going Chinese proverbA crash course in critical thinking students won t find a list of 10 Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy easy things they can do to save thenvironment Instead they will learn global thinking the vocabulary of the issues and how to valuate information Opening with a hook that compares dead bees on the driveway to a Stephen King horror story this short book grabs attention chunks information ffectively uses black and white pictures on Black British Cultural Studies: A Reader every two page spread and concludes with detailed source notes bibliography suggested resources glossary and index Inspiring further study it offers this advice to researchers Take the salad bar approach pick from lots of sources p 144 Let this book be one of them This is a title I would love to see high schools select as a one book one school read so it can be discussed at length and hopefully spark some organized action It s one of the most challenging provocative and cogently written books about the world s current and comingnvironmental crises Fleischman avoids the platitudes and addresses the important matters like living in a culture obsessed with materialism consumption based Gypsy World: The Silence of the Living and the Voices of the Dead economies scientific denialism corporate gr. Oney is as important as molecules in thenvironment science is joined with politics history and psychology to provide the briefing needed to comprehend the 21st century Extensive back matter including a glossary bibliography and index as well as numerous references to websites provides further resource. ,