Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Climate Change Controversy on Colorado Board of Education.

6/14/2018 Oakland, Ca.--The Colorado state board of education voted to adopt a new set of state science standards on June 13, 2018, despite opposition from members of the board who "disliked the way the standards treated climate change as a real phenomenon," according to Chalkbeat (June 14, 2018).
Based in part on the National Research Council's A Framework for K-12 Science Education, on which the Next Generation Science Standards are also based, the new standards (PDF) recognize, at both the middle school and the high school level, the impact of human activities on the global climate system.
In contrast, the previous standards were "pretty wishy-washy" on climate change, as NCSE's Glenn Branch told the Aurora Sentinel in 2017. By way of example, he cited the inclusion of the word "might" in a standard reading, "Human actions such as burning fossil fuels might impact Earth's climate."
The new standards received "overwhelming support ... from science teachers" in Colorado, according to Chalkbeat. Voting to accept the new standards were Val Flores, Jane Goff, Rebecca McClellan, and Angelika Schroeder; voting against were Steve Durham, Joyce Rankin, and Debora Scheffel.

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Saturday, June 23, 2018

Topic for Socrates Cafe?

I'm going to suggest this as a topic for Socrates Cafe at DU this evening, Saturday, June 23. Free and open to everyone, join us! For more info and optional rsvp see

Friday, June 08, 2018

Radical Help | Hilary Cottam | RSA Replay

We'll talk about this video at Faculty Club luncheon, tomorrow (Thur, 6-14) at 11:30 p.m. at Pete's University Park Cafe. More info and rsvp at Join us!

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Why start or join a club?

DRAFT 6/6/18
Designed to Un-Polarize

Club is an English civil war neologism. It was a term with strong overtones... which are entirely lost today since we use the term casually for all kinds of societies and associations of like minded individuals for a purpose…'club-men' were those who deliberately suppressed political differences, in order to combine and protect their interests against all comers... 'Clubbing together' in self-defense. Lisa Jardine, "On a Grander Scale: The Outstanding Life of Sir Christopher Wren," 2002 HarperCollins, New York, p 112 

We are working to bring back this type of club, updated for the 21st Century by way of Ben Franklin, Malcolm Knowles and Sugatra Mitra. Will you join us? 

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Sir Christopher? Not even James Wren.

I've decided not to renew my subscription with After spending way too much time and money, this is what I now know about my dad's geneology:

Relationship between Joseph Wren & John Thomas Wren

Joseph Wren (1794 - 1854) 
2nd great-grandfather 

John Edgar Wren (1840 - 1910) 
son of Joseph Wren