Adventures in Ethics and Science

Archives for November, 2006

On the heels of my post wondering where the science is in elementary school, I’m interested in your sense of how things stand now and what, if anything, you think we should do about the situation. Draw on your experience as a former (or current) student, a parent, an educator (including educating future teachers), a…

It turns out I’ve been a member of the Americal Chemical Society for three years now. How do I know? They sent me a new mug.

My better half has been a frequent classroom volunteer leading science lessons in younger offspring’s kindergarten class. This has made it fairly apparent to us that there’s very little of what either of us would identify as science in these lessons.

Scott Eric Kaufman wants to know how fast a meme can sweep the blogosphere. And it’s not just a matter of idle curiousity: his MLA presentation depends on it. He writes:

I have a question for the scientifically informed hive-mind: Why is it that no matter what I do, I end up with a head-cold by a few days after Thanksgiving?

This is cool, but is it safe?

Robert Krulwich made my ride home today way more interesting than it had a right to be.

The Free-Ride offspring spent Thanksgiving with the Grandparents Who Lurk But Seldom Comment, cutting into the opportunities for the Free-Ride parents to ask them about matters scientific. Nonetheless, the sprogs have been doing science-y things on their vacation from parents. Two highlights: A visit to the Griffith Observatory, where they not only took in a…

The New York Times has taken notice of the history and philosophy of chemistry in a small piece about a new book, The Periodic Table: Its Story and Significance by Eric R. Scerri. In particular, the Times piece notes the issue of whether Dimitri Ivanovich Mendeleev was “borrowing” from the work of others (without acknowledging…

Two NYT stories worth a look.

Some readers have called to my attention a pair of recent stories from the New York Times that you may find interesting. First, Audrey noted another dispatch on the eternal struggle over how math ought to be taught:

As promised, I bring you some gift recommendations for kids who are into math or science (or could be if presented with the right point of entry). The first installation: books. Books are the best. They don’t need batteries or assembly. They don’t have lots of little parts that will end up strewn on the…