Re: [humanism-174] Fwd: NASA'S NuSTAR Reveals Flare From Milky Way's Black Hole

From: Tim C.
Sent on: Thursday, October 25, 2012 9:05 AM
Well, there are going to be school systems that are run by the loons and their kids will suffer.  However, there are a number of school systems that ARE progressive and in which science is considered important!  For example, the Avon school system holds a SCIENCE DAY every year at one of their middle schools.  More than 2000 students and their parents attend, and displays and projects are provided by a number of local outfits including NASA and as of last year, my astronomy club.  We brought literature and telescopes and answered questions and set up a solar scope outside for the kids to look through!  This event showed what can be done when teachers and parents WANT the kids to learn!
 
Tim
 
 
In a message dated 10/24/[masked]:21:19 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
That would make life so much more fulfilling. But the fundies would claim we're trying to dominate our culture with our facts and statistics and evidence and stuff. You know, only the shit that brought us all the modern conveniences of life. So yeah I'm all for it.

On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 9:33 PM, Tim Campbell <[address removed]> wrote:
In a word or two: qualified teachers.  As part of the Cuyahoga Astronomical Association, we do outreach to the community at large. We do public star parties and give talks and do programs at local libraries.  The enthusiasm is out there, and the teachers are enthused to have us do what we do, but often their knowledge base is either low or often out of date.  But the article is correct in that modern astronomy is the field that tells us where and what we are and how we really relate to the rest of the universe!
 
Tim Campbell
 
In a message dated 10/24/2012 6:06:55 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, [address removed] writes:
That is crazy!  I thought this article was great:


I think this article sums it up.  Children do not learn (unless their parents are into it) about space and the universe.  I honestly did not get into it until about 10 years ago.  I can read about the universe all day and night on the internet.  I don't know too many children that are exposed to it and I think if they were, they would love it too.

I went off the subject a bit, but still - look how fascinating it is to us when we learn something new?  With the technology today, it seems that every day we are learning something new they found in our universe.  Children today would benefit so much from it.  Just as the article reads in one paragraph:
 




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