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The Sequester and NASA: That’s one small step for man, one giant leap backward for mankind.

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by Michael Mohammadi

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“Knowledge is power.”

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

“The stupid sequester is crushing NASA’s outreach programs which aim to educate kids and the general public on issues in math, science and engineering.”

“In an internal memo issued on the evening of Friday, March 22, the Administration notes that “effective immediately, all education and public outreach activities should be suspended, pending further review. In terms of scope, this includes all public engagement and outreach events, programs, activities, and products developed and implemented by Headquarters, Mission Directorates, and Centers across the Agency, including all education and public outreach efforts conducted by programs and projects.”
Read more: http://www.universetoday.com/100949/sequester-cancels-nasa-outreach/#ixzz2OJvrDEkR

Just a quick call to arms to all of the scientists out there.  It is imperative that we live up to our responsibility of teaching non-scientists, especially children, the importance and fundamentals of each of our disciplines.  From astronomy to physics, chemistry to biology, we must take responsibility for the mis-trust and underappreciation of science in the general public and work to educate our fellow Americans on why the most important investment we can make is to educate our children.

We have everything to gain and everything to lose, please get involved in science education!

Cheers!

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Written by Michael Mohammadi

March 23, 2013 at 01:06

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