An opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal this morning speaks to an important national issue. Every day in my research I see the evidence of our science education as it relates to urban agriculture, urban greenscaping if you will.
What I read is about the imprecise 'art' and mythology of gardening and horticulture and nothing about science and the scientific method. I am not a scientist or do I self-identify as a horticulturist. However, as an educated citizen, greenscaper and business professional I am most alarmed about what I read and do not read. You should be too for the sake of your children and grandchildren's future.
Tomorrow Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain should have been going toe-to-toe in a televised science debate. All three were invited by a bipartisan group of Nobel laureates and other scholars called ScienceDebate 2008 to step on stage at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and explain how they will ensure that America continues to dominate the sciences. Leading in scientific research and advancement is an essential element to our future prosperity, health and national defense.
All three candidates declined. Apparently the top contenders for our nation's highest elective office have better things to do than explain to the public their views on securing America's future. Read more...