Monday, August 14, 2006


Auspicious Number

Eugenie Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, sent the following greetings to Kansas Citizens for Science on the seventh anniversary of its founding:

Congratulations to KCFS on your seventh anniversary! Seven, as you probably know, is a highly auspicious number, and full of religious, folkloric, and cultural symbolism, including everything from the seven deadly sins to the seven dwarfs.

God may have rested on the seventh day, but unfortunately, KCFS cannot rest in its seventh year, although it looks like 2007 will indeed be a lucky year for you. Because so many people worked so hard this year, it is highly probable that a new school board in January or February 2007 will rescind the “substandards” and institute standards that will improve the science education of Kansas students. It is fitting that this year ends in a seven.

KCFS has been a model for citizens for science groups, and continues to advise and inspire its colleagues around the country. And as I’m sure you know, NCSE stands ready to help in any way we can. We are proud and honored by our partnership with KCFS.


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