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The Next Leap in Science Education

The Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education Annual Meeting

It's almost become a universal fact that education is important. Sure, sometimes the battle for good education has become marred by opposing views and political agendas, but the idea is that education itself is a vital and necessary facet to create well-rounded individuals. This is why the Coalition for Excellence in Science and Math Education (CESE) is pretty much over the moon with the addition of Zack Kopplin to their annual meeting on Saturday, June 29. If you haven't heard of Kopplin, he's become pretty well-known in the scientific community by speaking out against the teaching of creationism in schools, and he's a strong advocate for separation of church and state. Kopplin is known on the national circuit for being outspoken in his pursuit of adequate science education in schools and will speak on “Why we need a Second Giant Leap.” Kopplin, a student at Rice University, is also winner of the 2012 Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in Education. “Basically when Sputnik happened in the '60s, it shocked everyone into reforming science education,” former president and current webmaster of CESE Dave Thomas said. “And we need another shock like that because science education is languishing, so we need a kick in the pants.” The meeting is happening at Northrop Hall, Room 122, on the University of New Mexico campus tomorrow and is free and open to the public. Northrop Hall at UNM • Sat Jun 29 • 1-4:30 pm • FREE • ALL-AGES! • View on Alibi calendar