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Mary Henton

Share new book titles and recommendations?

Wondering if this space would be helpful to share book titles (appropriate to MSP2 content, of course--math, science, middle grades, professional development, technology in the classroom, etc.) and…Continue

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Started by Mary Henton May 18.

Kim Lightle

February 2011 Selection - Finding Mrs. Warnecke

Our next selection is Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make. You can also read it online at SCRIBD.com…Continue

Tags: a, profession, as, teaching, club

Started by Kim Lightle Dec 9, 2010.

Kim Lightle

December Book Selection - Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future 1 Reply

Our next selection is Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future. If you are interested in hearing the authors or…Continue

Tags: science, education, literacy, scientific, club

Started by Kim Lightle. Last reply by Mary LeFever Nov 24, 2010.

Kim Lightle

Next Book Selection: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 6 Replies

How did cells taken from a poor black woman in 1951 come to unlock some of the biggest advances in science? Hope you'll join me in reading The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. For…Continue

Tags: history, of, science, cells, book

Started by Kim Lightle. Last reply by Kim Lightle Oct 12, 2010.

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Mary LeFever Comment by Mary LeFever on October 19, 2010 at 8:45pm
Thanks for turning us on to Google books, Sarita. I have reserved my copy of Unscientific American, as well as Ah-choo: the uncommon life of the common cold. I also asked my AP Bio list serve if anyone has a study guide for The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks. So If I get one, I'll pass it on.
MariaD Comment by MariaD on October 28, 2009 at 7:53pm
Cool meeting today - let's pick the next book and do it again! I will try to get some local people to participate, as well. My one friend who read and liked Omnivore's Dilemma is defending her PhD tomorrow, so she wasn't available, hehe.

Thank you for organizing it, Kim.
MariaD Comment by MariaD on October 28, 2009 at 7:29pm
Talking about vegetarianism - here is from Pollan's interview at http://www.progressive.org/mag/intv1108

Q: You seemed to struggle with the concept of vegetarianism and arguments against meat eating.

Pollan: I’m a pretty harsh critic of 99 percent of America’s meat system, but there is that 1 percent I think is important to defend, because first there are good environmental reasons to eat meat in a limited way.

If you believe strongly in building up local food economies, there are places where meat is the best way to get protein off of the land. It’s too hilly, too dry. Having animals is very important for sustainable agriculture. If you’re going to have animals on the farm, they’re going to die eventually, and you’re going to eat them.

But I have enormous respect for vegetarians. They’re further ahead than most of us. They’ve gone through the thought process in making their eating choices. They’ve just come out in a different place than I have.

I think we’re going to focus on meat-eaters the way we have on SUV drivers. There will be a lot of pressure and education to show that a heavy meat diet is a big contributor to climate change, and that there are many good reasons to eat less meat.
Sarita Pillai Comment by Sarita Pillai on October 28, 2009 at 2:09pm
Also, here is an interesting interview with Joel Salatin (owner of Polyface Farms):


Terese (Terry) Herrera Comment by Terese (Terry) Herrera on September 21, 2009 at 3:36pm
I was wondering if teachers might spur math discussion on the topic of food we eat and food we grow, so I looked into the latest [2007] census on agriculture. Here is one page that offers "food for thought" http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Online_Highlights/Custom_Summaries/Data_Comparison_Major_Crops.pdf

Information here on the number of farms nationwide, who runs U.S. farms, and farm economics is all presented in terms of which crop is cultivated: corn, sorghum, soy, or wheat. If your students have become interested in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, they may want to check the author’s claims. Is it true that corn is such a dominant crop in our country? You might tell them that in 2007 there were 2,204,792 farms; of these, 347,760 produced corn. Is this a large percent of the total?

Or they might prefer the fact that 922,095,840 acres of land make up all the nation’s farms; of these, 259,065,885 acres comprise “corn farms.” [What the census meant by “corn farms” exactly could make another good discussion.]

And they might be interested in “government payments received” by each type of farm. For example, corn-producing farms received nearly $8 billion, while wheat-producing farms received less than $3 billion. Why is that fair?
MariaD Comment by MariaD on September 21, 2009 at 9:29am
4.5M just for promotion purposes can build a nice social web site with active salaried maintainers where farmer market people can share know-how, and maybe support a few conferences, online and offline, as well as videos, brochures, and other broadcast-type media. At least that's how I would spend the money :-) What "they" will do with it, who knows.
Kim Lightle Comment by Kim Lightle on September 19, 2009 at 2:32pm
Farmer's Market Fit For a First Lady - this article was in the NYT today. It says that U.S. secretary of agriculture. Tom Vilsack showed up and announced $4.5 million in grants to promote farmers markets nationwide. It sure doesn't sound like a lot of money. Wonder if it can have any impact.

How many of you frequent your local farmer's markets or have joined a CSA?
Caroline Hall Comment by Caroline Hall on September 18, 2009 at 10:46am
On a related note, check out the June 2009 issue of National Geographic: "The End of Plenty". It's an eye-opening special report by the NGS on the global food crisis.
Terese (Terry) Herrera Comment by Terese (Terry) Herrera on September 14, 2009 at 2:13pm
If this book compels you to look for more information, you might try the movie documentary: Food, Inc. Again, it's about the food we eat. the focus here is on who grows it, who controls production. Most illuminating is the number of people who would give the film makers no comment, some because they were afraid to do so!
Kim Lightle Comment by Kim Lightle on September 14, 2009 at 9:49am
Maria - Thanks for the link - I didn't realize that the book was available for free - great!

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