Al Gore, Dean Kamen, Sally Ride, and MythBusters' Jamie and Adam in global online town hall for math/science education on Wed. Nov 17

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8 Responses to “Al Gore, Dean Kamen, Sally Ride, and MythBusters' Jamie and Adam in global online town hall for math/science education on Wed. Nov 17”

  1. Anonymous says:

    @chgoliz: Video of the event, as well as photo coverage, will be available on connectamillionminds.com November 18. We invite you to check back then!

  2. Parfume says:

    They might not be the best scientists but they are quite funny to watch. It’s one of my favorite shows.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Interesting group to have moderate a talk on promoting science and math education. Two college dropouts(Dean and Adam), a Russian Linguist BA(Jamie), a Government BA/Lawyer (Al Gore) and the only scientist Sally Ride with a BS, MS and PhD.

    First it should be noted that science and engineering grads make up the same percentage of bachelors degrees as they did 30 years ago according to a Nation Science Foundation report(NSF 07-307). Secondly the number of people employed as scientists and engineers makes up less than 5% of US workers according to another NSF report(Chapter 3, Science and Engineering Indicators 2010).

    While it is true that these folks suffer from a weak treatment in the press and generally disparaged as geeks/nerds that has not affected their numbers as these folks contend. The real problem is that this education is held out as something that will not only save the country but provide jobs for everyone if they only get the education.

    Someday I would like to see an honest discussion of education and its benefits to society and not another piece on Facebook or Twitter engineers saving the world+dog.

    Signed,

    Another lowly engineer

  4. chgoliz says:

    Hopefully they’ll have a podcast available after the fact (website doesn’t indicate this). 12pm ET on a school day is not the best time for school-aged children to watch.

  5. chouette says:

    On the merits of “Mythbusters” as science, I yield the floor to Zombie Feynman: http://xkcd.com/397/

  6. IamInnocent says:

    They’re looking more and more alike ! :)

  7. blorgggg says:

    Those mythbusters guys are terrible scientists.

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