Saturday, November 12, 2011
Governor Brewer’s hollow words
On October 16, 2012, the Arizona Science Center hosted the kickoff for the first annual Arizona SciTech Festival. The festival is being organized by the Arizona Technology Council and will be begin in February 2012, Arizona’s centennial month. Who of all people presented the opening remarks? Governor Jan Brewer, who is certainly no friend of science education. Three excerpts from the Governors remarks (in no particular order) follow:
Education is one of my highest priorities ---- Arizona’s leadership in science and technology education is important for our state, and for our children ---- A key goal of the SciTech Festival is to interest students of all ages and cultures in future career opportunities around science, engineering and technology. But career opportunities require a strong education.
Following the Governor’s capricious (no money was saved) closing of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum and the abrupt termination of the K-12 earth science education programs, tens of thousands (per year) of children are being deprived of a lifetime learning experience. How many science and engineering careers will never be inspired because of her selfish* and irresponsible action?
(* she wanted the building for her failed Arizona 5Cs Centennial Museum project)