Midnight In The Desert — education

Ontario Could Soon Require "Anti-Vaxxer" Parents to Attend a Science Class

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Ontario Could Soon Require "Anti-Vaxxer" Parents to Attend a Science Class

In an effort to curb the dangerous trend of vaccine avoidance, the Liberal government in Ontario wants parents seeking vaccine exemptions for their kids to attend a mandatory education session. It’s a good idea, but getting anti-vaxxers to change their opinions will probably require more than that. The Liberals in Ontario are pursuing an amendment to the Immunization of Schools Pupils Act that would require anti-vaxxers to attend a science class at their local public health unit. Which is a damn awesome idea. It would do anti-vaxxers well to learn about the latest science, how vaccines work, and why their...

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Lockheed Martin makes major STEM push to inspire young space innovators

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Lockheed Martin makes major STEM push to inspire young space innovators

Lockheed Martin wants to inspire the next generation of American space innovators with a major Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education project. Launched last month, Generation Beyond aims to bring the science of space into homes and classrooms. Geared toward middle school students, the program harnesses Lockheed Martin’s experience in deep space exploration. “We absolutely depend on these skills coming out of colleges and universities and even high schools,” said former astronaut and U.S. Navy aviator Stephen Frick, who is now director of strategic planning and operations for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Center. “It’s really important for the nation.”...

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We Need to Educate the Public about Dirty Bombs

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We Need to Educate the Public about Dirty Bombs

Terrorism works not as much by causing death as by causing fear. Bombings and shootings kill a few, or a few dozen or few hundred or even a few thousand, but frighten millions. The unpredictable random attacks in public places leave us all feeling vulnerable, afraid, just what terrorists hope to achieve. So wouldn’t you assume that among all the things that governments are doing to reduce the danger from terrorist attacks, that a big part of that effort would be to try and minimize the fear these attacks cause? You’d think so, but with one of the most fear-inducing...

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