Stealth Bananas!!!

…Encinitas is believed to be the only public school system that will have yoga instructors teach full-time at its nine schools as part of an overall wellness curriculum that includes nutrition and a school garden program, among other things.

"This is 21st century P.E. for our schools," said Encinitas Superintendent Timothy B. Baird. "It’s physical. It’s strength-building. It increases flexibility but it also deals with stress reduction and focusing, which kickball doesn’t do."…

…What I have found is that people who really need the science education are the adults. Adults outnumber children. They’re in charge. They wield resources. They vote. All of the things that shape the society in which we live are conducted by adults.

Kids are born curious about the world. What adults primarily do in the presence of kids is unwittingly thwart the curiosity of children….

…All the adults are saying, ‘We need to improve science in the world. Let’s train the kids.’ … It’s the adults that need the science literacy….

"…."Many people don’t have training in science, and so they may very well misunderstand the science. But because they don’t have the knowledge to evaluate it, they don’t realize how off their evaluations might be."

"There is no obvious remedy for the one-two punch of widespread misinformation and a lack of mental tools for evaluating it…"

Um, yes, yes there is: education. It’s yet another argument for more education for more people, most especially science education. The US has been doing a terrible job of getting enough people into science, technology, engineering, & math careers; we could do much, much better . ..

…we could put well over a million people to work directly, and probably around 3 million once you take other effects into account, without any need to come up with new projects; just transfer enough money to state and local governments to let them return to doing the essential business of government, like educating our children….

Well, part of the problem is the economic system based on competitive hyperconsumption & how poorly that interacts with the pursuit of gainfully educating masses of humans & pursuing expanded knowledge bases.

Rather than spending money on infrastructure rebuilding (with all those decent paying domestic jobs) & education & expanding access to health care for all & basic science research (& all _those_ decent paying jobs), we spent it on war.