Thursday, August 09, 2007

UW Certified Propagandists

Our Federal tax dollars end up funding all kinds of projects. Three million of them are going to pay UW staff to train environmental activists for three semesters, after which the youth get an official certificate for completing communication and knowledge-management training. This is simply propaganda training with a UW seal of approval to assist kids in landing a really great non-profit or government job.

New certificate prepares students for global change: The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies will introduce a graduate-level Certificate on Humans and the Global Environment (CHANGE) that prepares students to tackle global environmental problems. The certificate program will be open to any graduate student at UW-Madison, regardless of major.

A $3 million grant last year from the National Science Foundation's Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeships (IGERT) program made creation of the CHANGE program possible. Supplemented by $400,000 from the UW-Madison Graduate School.

CHANGE interweaves natural and social sciences and the humanities to explore the vulnerabilities and resilience of human communities facing complex environmental hazards. … The three-semester CHANGE curriculum will train students in professional communication and knowledge-management skills while exposing them to cutting-edge thinking about how human and nonhuman environmental systems operate and evolve.

Training in science is not required which makes this a great opportunity for people from the School of Education. I suspect people who don’t believe the lie of dangerous human induced climate change are not welcome. I may be wrong, but I’m not. Denial is a river of critical thinking through the desert of cutting-edge thought.