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Richard Hake

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[math-learn] Re: Scientific illiteracy can kill the planet
Posted: Jul 21, 2011 5:15 PM
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Some subscribers to Math-Learn might be interested in a
discussion-list post "Re: Scientific illiteracy can kill the planet"
[Hake (2011)].

Q. What's "Scientific Illiteracy" got to do with Math Education?

A. "Math Illiteracy" is a necessary, but not sufficient condition,
for "Scientific Illiteracy."

The first few lines are [bracketed by lines "HHHHH. . . . "]:

HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Art Hobson (2011) in his Physoc post "Scientific illiteracy can kill
the planet" at <http://bit.ly/ofFjHn> wrote [paraphrasing; my inserts
at ". . . .[[insert]]. . . ."):

"U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky). . . . .[[
<http://whitfield.house.gov/> and
<http://whitfield.house.gov/issues/energy.shtml>]]. . . . is chairman
of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power . . . .
.[[<http://energycommerce.house.gov/>]]. . . . .. His scientific
illiteracy - as reported in the NYT by Marshall & Lehmann (2011) at
<http://nyti.ms/on6ssu> - worries me. BUT THE LIKELY SCIENTIFIC
ILLITERACY OF THE PEOPLE WHO ELECTED HIM WORRIES ME A LOT MORE. . .
.[[see the cartoon of a voter and Whitfield-like leader on page 13
of Hake (2011) at <http://bit.ly/iegznz> near the panel
"Scientifically illiterate voters elect scientifically illiterate
leaders"]].... Science teachers can and should help. We need to
teach societal topics such as climate change and, more importantly,
critical thinking in our introductory courses."

And even *more* importantly, WORK TO UPGRADE THE SCIENCE/MATH
EDUCATION OF PROSPECTIVE K-12 TEACHERS.
HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

To access the complete 8 kB post please click the <http://bit.ly/opOSne>

Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands
President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the
Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)
<rrhake@earthlink.net>
<http://www.physics.indiana.edu/~hake>
<http://www.physics.indiana.edu/~sdi>
<http://HakesEdStuff.blogspot.com>
<http://iub.academia.edu/RichardHake>

"As the Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, Rep.
Whitfield continues to advance an 'All of the Above' energy strategy
that will employ Kentuckians and address domestic energy demands
without unnecessary government regulation that results in higher
energy prices, delayed resource exploration or stunted job growth.
Rep. Whitfield is especially concerned that overreaching government
regulations will have a negative effect on America's coal industry,
which creates more than 134,000 jobs directly and supports 3.4
million jobs indirectly across the nation. In Kentucky, 17,900 jobs
are created directly by coal."
Whitfield's Energy Policy
<http://whitfield.house.gov/issues/energy.shtml>

"Paleoclimate data help us assess climate sensitivity and potential
human-made climate effects. . . . . . goals to limit human-made
warming to 2 deg C are not sufficient - they are prescriptions for
disaster. . . . . . Rapid reduction of fossil fuel emissions is
required for humanity to succeed in preserving a planet resembling
the one on which civilization developed."
Hansen & Sato (2011) - Hansen <http://bit.ly/omiMY3> heads the
NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

"With the world population now at 6 billion . . .[On 21 July 2011
10:22-0700 world population was 6,950,419,151 - see
<http://1.usa.gov/j2u6Gw>]. . . ., we are already consuming 40% of
the world's photosynthetic energy production. Current estimates place
a stable world population at about 8 to 10 billion by the late
twenty-first century, assuming fertility rates continue to drop over
the next several decades. Yet even at this reduced rate of population
growth, we could eventually consume all of the planet's resources,
unless we take action. Because of this overload of the world's
resources, even today, over 1.2 billion of the world's population
live below the subsistence level, and 500 million below the minimum
caloric intake level necessary for life."
- James Duderstadt (2000, page 20), President Emeritus and
University Professor of
Science and Engineering at the University of Michigan

REFERENCES [URL's shortened by <http://bit.ly/> and accessed on 20 July 2011.]
Duderstadt, J.J. 2000. "A University for the 21st Century." Univ. of
Michigan Press; for a description see <http://bit.ly/cvJ1yI>.
Amazon.com information at <http://amzn.to/lxT8YU>.

Hake, R.R. 2011. "Re: Scientific illiteracy can kill the planet,"
online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at <http://bit.ly/opOSne>. Post
of 20 July 2011 to AERA-L, AP-Phys, Biopi-L, Chemed-L, CTP-L,
Net-Gold, Physhare, Physoc, Phys-L, & PhysLrnR; also on my blog
"Hake'sEdStuff" at <http://bit.ly/nhnoxs> with a provision for
comments. The first few lines and link to the complete post are
being distributed to various discussion lists.

Hansen, J.E. & M. Sato. 2011. "Paleoclimate Implications for
Human-Made Climate Change," 20 July, online at
<http://arxiv.org/abs/1105.0968v2>; to appear in Berger, Mesinger and
Sijaci, eds., "Climate Change at the Eve of the Second Decade of the
Century: Inferences from Paleoclimate and Regional Aspects:
Proceedings of Milutin Milankovitch 130th Anniversary Symposium"
(Springer, in press).




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