Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Engineer for Day of Special Significance

Well I got an email regarding California AB 2567 to make May 22 of each year as Harvey Milk Day and designate it as a day of special significance in schools. At first I thought it was a joke, because how many people outside of San Francisco and the LGBT community know who this person was. With the newspapers deriding the poor state of education of our youths you'd think the California State legislature would pick a person who could further the student's knowledge of in Math or Sciences, or even English.

Currently there are three days, Day of the Teacher, John Muir Day and California Poppy Day. Not one of them, according to the law stress any of the three R's of learning (Reading, writing and arithmetic). So I think an Engineer needs to get a day. After all engineers affect the daily lives of everyone. So send me your nominations of engineers who have influenced California and beyond. Post a comment or email at

My nomination is for William Mulholland, the head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power when the Los Angeles Aqueduct was built. His career ended badly so he might not be the best nomination.


Unknown said...

Great point, Christopher. Made me google famous engineers and found this site; for help in bringing engineering into the K-12 classroom.

Joanie said...

Seriously. It seemd like we were always having a day of some kind or other back when I was teaching in the public system. It always started with "Whereas..." And WHEN was I supposed to rattle this off to the kids? Let's see, should I rob them of learning how to regroup or maybe they don't need to know how to alphabetize... I could put it under civic prideand social studies, but then when would they learn how to read a map?!?

I agree with you - let's make it point to the fundamentals they need to know! Or at least let me get back to actually getting the students ready for third grade!!!!

Christopher Fugitt said...

Joanie, just to let you know, there are other grades than first, second and third.


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