African Americans (and others) are disheartened with our educational system. "No Child Left Behind" has been described as a disaster, and the focus on passing tests (some feel) effectively hinders creativity and critical thinking, and doesn't really equip a person with the necessary skills needed to survive and have a successful life.
With that in mind, and continuing with our tribute to African American heroes and heroines and focus on African American history ... Today's focus and hero is Neil deGrasse Tyson the astrophysicist.
Born the second of three children to Sunchita Feliciano Tyson (a gerontologist) and Cyril deGrasse Tyson (a sociologist) in Manhattan October 5, 1958, Dr. Tyson "attended the Bronx High School of Science (1972–1976, astrophysics emphasis) where he was captain of the wrestling team, and editor-in-chief of the school's Physical Science Journal, and went on to earn his BA in Physics from Harvard and his PhD in Astrophysics from Columbia."
Tyson from "2006 to 2011 hosted the educational science television show NOVA ScienceNow on PBS" and is currently the "Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space and a research associate in the department of astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History."
On August 5, 2011, it was announced that Dr. Tyson would be hosting a new sequel to Carl Sagan's Cosmos: A Personal Voyage television series.
Dr. Tyson's radio show, StarTalk Radio, airs weekly on Sunday, and according to his website, is slated to speak at Kent State University on September 25, 2013 (cost is free to the public).
About Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson [Wikipedia]
Neil deGrasse Tyson Home Page
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