ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Energy Secretary Steven Chu has selected a team from the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University to compete in next year’s solar decathlon.
One thing I didn’t have the opportunity to get to in this story about science education is the fact that a little over a year ago, New Mexico could have taken a turn in a very different direction. That’s when 11 states, New Mexico among them, applied for waivers from No Child Left Behind.
This article about the forget-the-regulation-we-want-zero-fracking grassroots organizations in New York must be a dream for Thomas Linzey, who I spoke with recently about environmentalism’s locavore movement. I’ll be posting our complete interview here soon.
To me, the most interesting question in this story about Environmental Literacy is whether advocates will be able to frame the proposed graduation requirement as a tool to help teachers and students excel in a system focused on evaluation (in other words, improve test scores) or whether it will be seen as one more subject to be squished into an already-packed school year. It’s a relevant debate.
Unfortunately, my suspicion is that as soon as the words “climate change” enter the story (which they do, at about 1:14), there are some people who will immediately see this as a political issue.