Friday, April 30, 2010
Earth Day, Earth Month, and Beyond
7:50 am edt
Day has expanded to Earth Month. As that month concludes, below are curricular resources related to environmental
sciences, and math.
February 17 post to this blog had discussed Michelle’s Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, nutrition,
health, and the environment, including curricular resources.
John Wargo, Professor of Environmental Risk Analysis and Policy and author
of the book Green Intelligence, has led several Yale-New Haven
Teachers Institute seminars. For example, see volumes of curriculum units on Energy, Climate, Environment and Urban Environmental Quality and Human Health that public school teachers
have developed as National Fellows.
In an earlier, New Haven Institute seminar that Oswald Schmitz – like John Wargo a member of the
Yale Environment School faculty – led on “Ecology and Biodiversity Conservation,” Fellows developed curriculum
units including “Cycles of Life in an Urban Habitat: Changes
in Biodiversity,” by Pedro Mendia-Landa (then a bilingual
elementary school teacher and now supervisor of bilingual education for the New Haven district).
Another Yale faculty member, Gary Brudvig –
who is Eugene Higgins Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry – has recently led
national seminars on Green Chemistry and Renewable Energy – the latter of which is also the
subject of a 2010 New Haven Institute seminar.
David Bercovici, Professor of Geophysics, led Institute seminars on “Forces of
Nature” (2008) and “The Science of Natural Disasters” (2007). Resulting curriculum units
teachers produced as Fellows included a 2007 unit by Zakia D. Parrish, Ph.D., on “Greenhouse Gases: The Chemistry Behind the
. . .
Other resources include:
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Remembering Dorothy Height, 1912-2010
12:35 am edt
A January 30 post below noted the death of my grandmother, who was named Dorothy
and was born in 1912.
Yesterday her much more famous contemporary, the
great Dorothy Height, died.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
New Haven Students, New York's Metropolitan Museum
9:47 pm edt
Monday, April 5, 2010
Family Literacy Forum
11:19 pm edt
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Census Day -- in India and the U.S.
7:36 am edt
the March 22 blog post below on the Census, there’s news of its slow progress so far in New Haven, though the City has added Spanish-speaking workers to its census outreach staff. One of those workers
is cited in a New Haven Independent article about questions he had received, according to reporter
Melinda Tuhus, “from Latinos who didn’t know what race to check, because there was no ‘Latino’ or
‘Hispanic’ on the form. (It’s an ethnic, not a racial, category.)”
A Hartford Courant article today discusses similar issues, with Census questions 8 and 9: "stirring the most debate, particularly in Hispanic, Caribbean
and Middle Eastern communities, local census officials say. The officials say there are residents who don't identify with
being white or black.” There is a reference to Clara Rodriguez, professor of sociology at Fordham University and author of a book published in 2000, Changing Race: Latinos, the Census,
and the History of Ethnicity in the United States.
. . .
Meanwhile, on another continent. . .
As the BBC
reports, India's census begins today with a home count and will continue for 11 months, collecting photos and fingerprints for everyone over
age 15, with ID cards to follow. The BBC’s Soutik Biswas comments:
India will stay young, while the south faces rapid ageing. By 2025, demographers say, India's population will still be very
young, with a median age of 26. But the median age in the south would be around 34 -- similar to Europe in the late 1980s.
. . . Many have demanded that the census should also find out about caste, the complex social order which assigned people
a place in the social hierarchy based on their occupation. After all, they say, many affirmative action programmes in India
are targeted at caste-based groups, and a proper enumeration of caste will help government to direct such programmes to the
deserving more smoothly. But demographers like Ashish Bose have opposed this. ‘People can easily
lie about their caste status. If an upper-caste respondent finds that declaring himself lower-caste will get him government
goodies, he can drop his surname or change his name and commit fraud,’ he says. The other problem is that census enumerators
have no right to counter a respondent's reply; and thus such fraud could go unchecked. So the jury is still out on whether
caste should make a comeback -- only once, in 1931, was caste included in the census.”