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
"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
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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