Comments on: Will Zoo crunch bite U.S. science education? http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/02/04/will-zoo-crunch-bite-us-science-education/ Global environmental challenges Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:14:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Ryan http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/02/04/will-zoo-crunch-bite-us-science-education/comment-page-1/#comment-337809 Mon, 09 Feb 2009 19:18:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11984#comment-337809 I used to teach high school biology in Baltimore, MD, USA.Field trips and museum visits are VITAL to science learning!Young students are question producing hurricanes when they get in open environment like a zoo or museum. They get excited and want to learn.

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By: P. Miller http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/02/04/will-zoo-crunch-bite-us-science-education/comment-page-1/#comment-337806 Sun, 08 Feb 2009 22:28:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11984#comment-337806 Zoos and Aquariums are vital to public eduction. In high school I was in an Oceanography class in which we visited the Florida Aquarium. I didn’t realize the diversity of the sea, so many niches to fill and so few of them explored! I felt like inside those doors was an entire world that had existed my whole life and I never knew was there. Because of the things I experienced there I am now studying to be a Marine Biologist. I have volunteered the past three years for Mote Marine Research Laboratory and Aquarium and The Florida Aquarium. They are awesome institutions! Kids come in there full of questions, so curious and excited! It would be a terrible loss to our culture and a loss for the development of our children if we were to lose our aquariums and zoos.

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By: F. Moya http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/02/04/will-zoo-crunch-bite-us-science-education/comment-page-1/#comment-337802 Sun, 08 Feb 2009 17:26:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11984#comment-337802 Well, it’s obvious that every effort made in the direction of supporting science and pointing kids towards an education that is whole, vastly ostracized by our less than enlightened last administration, is a good one.However, in the context f this recession, it will be increasingly easy to see politicians of right wing inclinations sabotaging such efforts.The current “stimulus package” cuts targeted education and science, primarily.Can we see where this is going? Absolutely. We have been there. If Carl Sagan knew that little has actually changed…Take your kids to zoos, museums, art expositions and whatnot. Much more edifying that monster truck rallies and the such.And always remember to VOTE thinking about them, and not in immediate, mean gains.

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By: Anthony Brown http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/02/04/will-zoo-crunch-bite-us-science-education/comment-page-1/#comment-337755 Thu, 05 Feb 2009 18:10:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11984#comment-337755 Growing up going to the zoo has definitely made me much more aware of our planet, and our impact on it. So much so, that I am an Animal Keeper at a zoo, working the “front lines” connecting visitors to animals. There is no doubt in my mind, that a visit to the zoo instigates a deeper passion for the wild places and wild things on this planet.

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By: Martha C.S. http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/2009/02/04/will-zoo-crunch-bite-us-science-education/comment-page-1/#comment-337708 Wed, 04 Feb 2009 20:27:02 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/environment/?p=11984#comment-337708 My father used to take my sister and me to the zoo twice a year. It was from that experience that we realized first hand the grand diversity of wildlife on our planet. However, the many visits to the zoo or the aquarium did not inspire us to enter the fields of science. It did provide us a sense of responsibility and sadness to know how many of these wonderful creatures faced extinction because of us (humans). And so we grew depressed, thinking of how we were killing Mother Earth. Every time, I see a special regarding an animal I know that there will be a bit of how his habitat and his very life is threatened by humans. So for some, these places can serve as a turn off to science.Science, I think begins at home with parents who can inspire curiosity in their children. For example, teaching children to cook, children can learn that adding different forms of energy and products can transform simple independent ingredients into something new.Trips to an interactive science center can serve as inspiration for young scientist to feel compelled to learn. When Albert Einstein was young, he was fascinated with magnets. We need to re-create that fascination for science.I am sure that Aquariums and Zoos have inspired some to become Vets or wildlife experts but science is not limited to wild life. Society as a whole should venture into other avenues of possibilities. After all, we learn from trial and error and isn’t science about testing different hypothesis to arrive to a better understanding of how the world works.Who knows, if we find a way to create new “greener” energy maybe that will indirectly save a couple of animals and trips to the zoo wont be as depressing.

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