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  •  Thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster! (13+ / 0-)

    And thank you for making my morning.

    I'm lucky my daughter, a hapa (half asian, half Brit/German mutt - I'm the latter contributor) goes to a great public school in New York State which has encouraged all of its students to pursue their educational goals to the best of their ability, and where no one has been arrested or expelled (to my knowledge) for committing the "crime" of scientific curiosity.  

    Unfortunately, I know all too well how many awful schools are out there (even a few in my state) and the many bigots in positions of authority over the children in those schools, who allow their racism to eradicate their humanity and common sense.  My daughter is graduating this year and going to a science oriented college with the intent to become a biomedical engineer.  Hopefully, Kiera will get the same opportunity.  Sounds as if she will.

    What is disturbing, though, is what terrible job our nation does preparing the vast majority of our kids, regardless of race, for careers in science.  That is one of the reasons I believe her story resonated with so many in the science community, because they know how hard it is in this country to pursue that dream in the current anti-science, anti-education climate.  Lord knows we should be encouraging and enabling more kids like Kiera to seek careers in science, not finding ways to hold them back or derail their dreams.

    In any case, when so much of the news we hear is negative, and cause many of us, myself included, to fear for the future our children will inherit, and the opportunities that will be available to them, this story shines a small ray of hope into my heart this morning.   Thank you and everyone else in the blogosphere and the media who fought to bring Kiera's story to our attention and to fight the injustice that was being perpetrated against her.  I have no doubt your efforts played a large part in turning what could have been a tragedy into a triumph (okay trying not to get ahead of myself, but it is hard) for a young woman who certainly has earned my respect and admiration.

    "If you tell the truth, you'll eventually be found out." Mark Twain

    by Steven D on Thu May 16, 2013 at 05:28:21 AM PDT

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