- LIBYA: Insurgents briefly kidnap Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, who was at a hotel in Tripoli. According to the Times, “Zeidan’s abductors appeared to be among the semiautonomous militias” who serve as Libya’s police and security forces. Well, great. (NY Times)
- DON’T LISTEN TO THE GOP: Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warns of the devastating consequences of the US defaulting on its loans. Meanwhile, there’s a new nickname for House Republicans: "default deniers." Their latest gimmick: a six-week extension on the debt ceiling deadline. Or maybe scared John Boehner can just call a vote. (WashPo / MaddowBlog / ABC News)
- Meanwhile, the Koch Brothers can’t control the Tea Party monster they created, LOL. (The Atlantic)
- WOMEN, ROARING: Canadian short story writer Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize for Literature while Malala Yousafzai wins the European Parliament’s human rights award for her education advocacy work and for standing up to those asshole Taliban. (AP / Al Jazeera)
- A roller coaster gets stuck, and a metaphor for the GOP ensues. (CNN)
- Retailers report rise in sales. (Reuters)
- And finally… THE BRAAAAAIN EVENT: Here’s an advance review of Sunday’s season premiere of The Walking Dead. No spoilers, unless you count “Carl is at the vegetable garden. Rick is chopping out weeds” as a spoiler. (NY Daily News)
Is water wet?
“I Am a Scientist”
Mates of State cover Guided by Voices to promote girls in science
The problems are clear. Science and technology fields hold the jobs of the future, but our young women aren’t being prepared effectively to lead, or even compete. Interest in science is equal among younger girls and boys, and then diverges from middle school onward. There’s many culprits to blame, and most of them are social.
So again we ask: How do we fix it?
There’s wrong ways. And then there’s really wrong ways, like last week’s “Science, It’s A Girl Thing” fiasco. You don’t encourage girls in science by creating unrealistic role models and more stereotypes. That’s why I love the soon-to-be-released Science Fair album, especially this track from Mates of State.
To me, it captures all the right stuff about science. The happy curiosity, the proud young girl hard at work on what makes her feel good, and getting to prove the naysayers wrong in the end. I love that the full album features tracks that serve to inspire young girls in education, all performed by female singers, and that all of the proceeds will go to girls’ STEM programs through Girls, Inc..
If you’d like more information on the Science Fair album, check out their website.
(Special thanks to video director Lindsay Van Dyke for sending this my way)
Black students, especially boys, face much harsher discipline in public schools than other students, according to new data from the Department of Education.
Although black students made up only 18 percent of those enrolled in the schools sampled, they accounted for 35 percent of those suspended once, 46 percent of those suspended more than once and 39 percent of all expulsions, according to the Civil Rights Data Collection’s 2009-10 statistics from 72,000 schools in 7,000 districts, serving about 85 percent of the nation’s students. The data covered students from kindergarten age through high school.
One in five black boys and more than one in 10 black girls received an out-of-school suspension. Over all, black students were three and a half times as likely to be suspended or expelled than their white peers.
And in districts that reported expulsions under zero-tolerance policies, Hispanic and black students represent 45 percent of the student body, but 56 percent of those expelled under such policies.
“Education is the civil rights of our generation,” said Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in a telephone briefing with reporters on Monday. “The undeniable truth is that the everyday education experience for too many students of color violates the principle of equity at the heart of the American promise.”
Back off man, I’m a scientist.
via Star Power
A young Neil deGrasse Tyson. From the article:
Frank Bash, professor emeritus of astronomy and former director of UT’s McDonald Observatory, supervised Tyson as a teaching assistant for Intro to Astronomy. “Neil had a natural gift for teaching,” Bash says. “After he taught, the students would beg for him back. He did crazy stuff—moonwalking in class.”
Doing the moonwalk for his students wasn’t a gag, Tyson says—it was a strategy. “If you’re only using words to communicate as a teacher, why show up?” he says. “Why not just type your notes? Teaching is a full-body performance. The moonwalk was all the rage in 1983, and the students loved it. It made the material work for them.”
According to Tyson, one of the biggest reasons scientists so often struggle to communicate research to the public is not jargon or lack of interest. It’s a culture gap.
“The average person watches 30 hours of television per week,” he says. “But the average professor doesn’t own a TV, let alone watch the Kardashians or cute kitten videos on YouTube or whatever. And people live for that stuff. We have to speak their language.”
no government standards for education
not even on a state level
I’m not cut out to be a Santorum conservative. That’s my lesson of the evening.
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White Men are the new minority. They can’t get scholarships for school because of the colored and lady folk. Except, that’s not true. Not even a little bit.
Well, I have the numbers for the Nationwide study. I’ll admit it, these are the numbers that dance in my head when I hear “White people/white men are the new minorities.” Ready? Here we go…
White: Scholarship Recipients-798,400 Total Private Scholarship Funding-$1,891 Million
Black: Scholarship Recipients-129,000 Total Private Scholarship Funding-$345 Million
Latino: Scholarship Recipients-103,900 Total Private Scholarship Funding-$236 Million
Asian: Scholarship Recipients-52,800 Total Private Scholarship Funding-$186 Million
American Indian: Scholarship Recipients-19,000 Total Private Scholarship Funding-$56 Million
Native Hawaiian: Scholarship Recipients-6,200 Total Private Scholarship Funding-$30 Million
Multi-Racial: Scholarship Recipients-40,200 Total Private Scholarship Funding-$156 Million
The study goes on to say that LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT of ALL scholarships and LESS THAT TEN PERCENT of INDIVIDUAL scholarships consider the student’s race among their eligibility criteria. Soooooooo….What were you saying about white men being the new minority?
With all this information, I was still able to find page after page of race baiting white only scholarships. The sick part is that although I was able to find many white only scholarships, I was not able to find one (at least not on any web site that I looked at) that didn’t preface the information with some form of “Minorities get everything handed to them. Now it’s our turn.”
It’s Time to Bust the Myth That Girls Don’t Like Science
Research shows that girls are interested in STEM fields, but aren’t given information about the opportunities. If schools focus their efforts on ensuring that girls are informed about STEM opportunities, the number of women becoming computer scientists, engineers, and mathematicians is sure to soar.
Looking through my followers list is proof enough for me that there are loads of young women interested in STEM fields, whether it’s for their job or just expressing their identity.
We need to show them the opportunities. We need to engage them in the opportunities. And we need to fight the other social pressures that pull them away from positive feelings about science.
WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, “It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!” No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners. We blame the generals, the secretary of defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff. No one contemplates blaming the men and women fighting every day in the trenches for little pay and scant recognition.
And yet in education we do just that. When we don’t like the way our students score on international standardized tests, we blame the teachers. When we don’t like the way particular schools perform, we blame the teachers and restrict their resources.
(editorial by Dave Eggers and Ninive Clements Calegari! (of 826 National))—