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At a time when there is a great disparity in educational

preparedness for students across America…

At a time when it should be the birthright of all students to an education

that allows them to successfully enter the job markets of the 21st century…

At a time when America must inspire its next generation of scientists and

engineers if we as a nation are to compete in the technology markets

of the 21st century…


Are we rising to the challenge?



These are the issues that weigh heavily on me as a science educator, and which I’m charged with addressing as Center Director for the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. Through national STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) education programs we’re trying to make a difference.


One way I get word out that these problems can be solved is through social media like Twitter, where in 140 characters you can say something short and powerful, and have conversations with Americans across the nation that are interested in education as a critical path to our future. You might in fact be interested in an essay I wrote at Huffngton Post on the The Remarkable Power of Twitter : A Water Cooler for the 21st Century, which I think provides great insight into why social media offer so much more than a place to report on what you had for lunch.


One of the folks I follow on Twitter is Sharon Glassman who is the producer of Boomer Alley Radio and co-hosts with Marc Sotkin. (Hey, if you’d like to follow Sharon on Twitter, you can find her here: @sharonglassman). Sharon extended a wonderful invitation for me to share my thoughts on science education, and education in general, on Boomer Alley Radio. And I had a great time with the interview, talking to Sharon and Marc.


I thought some of you listeners might want more, so I offered to put up a page for Boomer Alley Radio at this Blog on the Universe, where science education is about conceptual understanding at an emotional level. Below is a list of links to essays I’ve written here at this Blog and for Huffington Post that you might enjoy. You might even want to subscribe to the Blog.



But first a word from our commercial sponsor. If you’d like to help us bring the joys of learning and human exploration to communities across the U.S.—tens of thousands of students, teachers, families and the public—then there is something very simple and cost free that you can do. Whenever you shop at, just go to Amazon through our Affiliates Link. Just Bookmark the How You Can Help page at the Center’s website, and always go to Amazon through our Amazon Banner that is found half-way down on  that page.

Finally, we have just launched the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), a historic and time critical opportunity for a school district to reserve an experiment slot in a real research mini-laboratory on the final flight of the U.S. Space Shuttle Program, and conduct an experiment design competition for up to 3,200 students across the district vying for their reserved slot. If you know of a school district that might want to do this, direct them to the SSEP website, where they can also see my video interview on the SSEP program for STEM Stream TV.


This is all pretty cool stuff!!





The links to some relevant essays I’ve written at Huffington Post:


A very personal thank you to teachers everywhere.

The Art of Teaching


Do Amricans understand what is at risk if we don’t take science and tech education seriously?

Troubled about America’s Future


Maybe the human race needs some humility.

The Address of a Self-Important World: Humanity Needs a Reality Check


Social Media—more than a place for lunchies.

The Remarkable Power of Twitter: A Water Cooler for the 21st Century



Some relevant posts and pages at Blog on the Universe:


My view of a serious U.S. national problem.

On the U.S. crisis is science education


Mr. President, what I think needs to be done.

An open letter to President Obama on Science Education


We need many flavors of heroes, and not just athletes, musicians, and movie stars. How about TEACHERS? Or …

Scientists and Engineers as Heroes


Our place in the greater universe and the sacred role of teachers.

The Nature of Our Existence



Links to the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

Home Page

About Us

Core Beliefs

Embraced Pedagogy

Our Learning Community Model

This is a very good read: Testimonials

A summary of Our Programs, with links to the individual program web pages and main websites.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program



LOTS and LOTS of Dr. Jeff essays on space, space exploration, science, and the universe:




You also might:


Read an overview of my Keynote Address to 10,000 scince teachers at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference in San Franciso, March 2011. Maybe I’ll see some of you there!!!


Want to bring a program to your community that could change the way one looks at science and human exploration?  Call me!


Jeff Goldstein, NCESSE Center Director, Cell: 301-395-0770


And …. follow me on Twitter: @doctorjeff


visit Store Galactica, supporting programs of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education

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