No really, you should care about education. Even if you don’t have kids. 3

Well I was going to rant about this on tumblr but my app isn’t uploading the post (too much froth?) so fine, it can just live on my blog. Okay, childless/childfree people, let’s talk for a minute. I don’t have kids. I doubt I ever will. I still vote for every way to fund education ...

Bad Movie Science (2) 3

So on Friday, I risked getting my geek card taken away by saying that, for the most part, I don’t care if the science in a movie is bad so long as it tells me a sufficiently good story. This was a point I tried to make at one of the Mile Hi Con panels ...

Who’s the Scientist? 4

This is just awesome. It’s a bunch of written descriptions and drawings that seventh graders made before and after a visit to Fermilab. I think that it really does show how pop culture has, in a way, poisoned the profession for a lot of the population. If you look at the before pictures and descriptions, ...

Local: I fear for the future of education in Colorado 1

SB10-191 (“Ensuring Quality Instruction Through Educator Effectiveness”) has passed the Colorado state senate and moved on to the House education committee. This is another bill in the tradition of “blame the teachers if students fail.” I realize that mediocre and downright bad teachers exist. We’ve all had them in the past and can remember them ...

Eyeballs in the Fridge

This is quite possibly one of the greatest titles for a study ever: Eyeballs in the Fridge: Sources of Early Interest in Science. The link is for the news release about the study, rather than to the study itself, which examined 76 interviews with scientists and grad students to see what got them interested in ...

Just a quick follow-up from yesterday

I think that this is a fine example of why I think the proposed “religious bill of rights” for students in Colorado would be a stupid, stupid idea. Because if nothing else, a lot of the language in that so-called “bill of rights” sure makes it sound like this kind of shit would be acceptable: ...

Like a fish needs a bicycle.

Saw on Phil Plait’s blog this morning that the Colorado state Legislature is considering a “religious bill of rights” for students. Phil’s got a lot of good commentary about it already, but I thought I’d take a look through it myself and see what I thought; local issues are pretty darn important. What caught my ...

US earth science education survey

Done by AGI, looking at Earth Science education from state to state. I’m guessing that the colors of the various states on the map don’t have a specific meaning, since there’s no key. However, you can click on a state on the map (or in the list) to see what states require earth sciences education ...

Earth Science Week is next week!

Happy Earth Science Week in advance! Make sure that you hug a geologist! Or a climatologist or ecologist, if you must find a substitute. Every year, Earth Science Week has a theme, with a lot of support from government agencies (such as NASA and NOAA), and professional groups (such as AAPG and AAAS). Lots of ...

ESLI

This week, I come bearing a link: The Earth Science Literacy Initiative I hadn’t actually heard of this before. My mom got a copy of their flier when she was on a tour, and then handed it off to me. It is one densely packed little folded piece of paper. One thing I did notice ...