Hip Hip Hooray August 18, 2007Posted by Mrs Weird Scientist in Easy As Pie, Science and Politics.
I couldn’t think of a more eloquent title than hip hip hooray for this blog entry. I realize that my readers are scattered around the world, but this blog entry is particularly relevant to my readers in the United States (U.S.). Why am I cheering? Well, the U.S. just got a very hefty cash boost for science education. How hefty? Try 33 billion dollars!
On the 9th of August, President George Bush signed legislation to do a number of very ace things over the next three years! These include the recruitment of thousands of new teachers, updating the skills of those already teaching and also providing initiatives to encourage science loving kids to start up careers in research. Better yet, the legislation also plans for major increases to the National Science Foundation’s annual 4.7 billion dollar research budget.
While I don’t hide the fact that I am not generally a supporter of President Bush, I do support this new legislation and I appreciate the recognition of how important science education is for youth. So, although this is uncommon for me, I will offer another not-so-eloquent comment by giving an excited word up to President Bush!