Friday, December 29, 2006

[TIPS] Ancient ice shelf snaps off

http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/2006-12-29-ice-shelf_x.htm?csp=34

The sad part about this is that the issue of global warming has become a political one, with one side even refusing to watch the video. Yet, stories like the one above are becoming more and more frequent. We're in the business of education, not censorship. Teachers can request a free copy of "An Inconvenient Truth" and I hope you do. I also hope that you'll make a lesson out of it. If you believe it's not true, what a great opportunity it will be to show both sides of the issue. If you're worried that it might be true, then all the more reason to show it. If you think it IS true, but don't want to get involved in a political discussion, consider posing the question to your students and having them dig for the "other truth."

I'm going to paste an email that I received from John Branson (cciu):
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FYI. The producers of "An Inconvenient Truth" are offering free copies of the DVD to the first 50,000 educators who request it. An "Inconvenient Truth" is the documentary made by Al Gore regarding Global Warming. The web site for requesting the DVD is:
www.participate.net

A story about the free offer and the National Science Teachers Association's refusal to distribute the video appeared in the online edition of Education Week (link below). The NSTA said that it was because they have a "policy against endorsing or distributing products
from outside groups or individuals." Some charged that it might be because the group accepts contributions from oil interests. The NSTA does provide a link to the site for teachers to request a free copy and has invited Al Gore to speak at their annual meeting in March.


Teachers wishing a free copy will need to provide their school district's federal ID number.

http://edweek.org/ew/articles/2006/12/21/18nsta_web.h26.html

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