Dear Colleagues, I know that much of our Group Discussions are focused on immediate practicalities of classroom curriculum and management and often include urgent calls for "Emergency Room" Education, such as the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami/Nuclear Factories catastrophe-in-progress. The tv coverage and internet instant-response can be overwhelming and yet 'short-lived', the News Cycle of Commercial Media is especially prone to the 'Crisis of the Week" coverage, so that Japan's longterm: health and humanitarian, economic and energy, and industry and technology crises of last week have faded into the headlines about the War in Libya... So I feel it is important to start an ongoing discussion here at Edutopia about "The Future of the Nuclear Energy Industry"... and it seems to me that Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education is the appropriate Group to do this. I have been a member of the Union of Concerned Scientists for many years, going back to my teaching in Boston starting in 1972... They have been a pre-eminent national and now international Science-Based Information Organization all these years and now have a worldwide membership of 250,000 people, concerned about the sustainability of life on our planet. To start this discussion I will simply provide their website with a current link about the Longterm Health and Safety Crises concerning "Radioactive Spent Fuel Rods On-Site Storage at Nuclear Factories across the United States and Worldwide"... http://www.ucsusa.org/nuclear_power/nuclear_power_risk/safety/safer-stor... Simply put, The Japan Crises is an unavoidable wake-up call to learn more about the Science and Technologies and Engineering Crises that face our entire planet... Japan just lost 30% of their national electrical production capacity, what do you think would happen in the USA if we lost 30% of our national electrical production capacity...? Not in the news, is the fact that Russia is immediately quietly shipping their excess natural gas reserves to Japan, to prevent the collapse of one of the largest economies in the world = Japan... to be continued... sincerely, Allen Berg Teacher
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