Chron: *Love or hate the "global tech center" idea?
There were quite a few comments to my blog post in February about a "Global Center for Science and Technology" proposed by the Fort Bend school district. Some residents in the district also shared their feelings with me personally. Most who expressed their opinions to me and my blog have varying degrees of concern about the idea. . .
. . .Blog commenter "Roughneck Bob" had this to say:
I like the idea of the district building a science and technology center, but wonder how feasible it really is. Are the schools just going to load up groups of kids on buses to the science center 2 or 3 times a week for their "mandatory" instruction? If the committee can demonstrate to me that the proposed technology center will not be dormant most of the year than all for it.
Commenter named "anonymous" had this concern:
It seems ridiculous given the current economy to be asking tax payers to carry the burden of a building that students might see once in their schooling. Why not commit those dollars to classrooms?
Another commenter, "Nancy Hentschel," saw a deeper issue:
All the resources in the world won't solve our anti science, pro creationist orientation in Texas. The Texas Freedom Network has worked endlessly to correct this problem, but when the average Texan dismisses evolution as a "theory" in a way that they would never dismiss gravity as a "theory," then it can be no wonder that we have "educated" a generation of scientifically mixed up students. All of the money and all of the grand buildings will not put this science problem together again. Perhaps we need to teach the concept of science verses the concept of belief, before we spend any more money.
Some other folks in the community described to me the district's move as one to merely package the district into a "Kitschville," good to look at but not serving real purposes.
Get the full article at: http://blogs.chron.com/fortbend/archives/2009/03/love_or_hate_th.html#comments
2009 FBISD Tax Hearing (On YouTube)
CLICK HERE FOR THE 2009 FBISD CONTROVERSIAL TAX HEARING (YES THEY ARE RAISING THEM AGAIN--see petition of over 500 district taxpayers asking for board accountability) --In case anyone missed it they raised the property tax rate again (4th time) in 2010 and more than likely will do so again in 2011 facing another projected 15-20 million dollar budget deficit, according to some media reports. ***NEW*** ..Petition TO STOP THE GSTC (Global Science Museum being planned at the district central office--near $30 million dollar project that superintendent Jenney is pushing): http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/stopthegcst/ (see update below on this apparently ending this project after 2 years)