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March 2: Becky Ashe - March 9: Book Club
Hear Becky Ashe, Science Supervisor, Knox County Public Schools, at RET Roundtable on March 2nd and attend Skeptic Book Club on March 9th. (Details for both events, below)


10:30 am - 12:30 pm (Coffee and socializing at 10:00 a.m.)
Pellissippi State Technical Community College, Goins Administration Building, Cafeteria Annex

Becky Ashe, South College in Knoxville
Science Supervisor, Knox County Public Schools

Her B.S. and M.S. degrees are both from the University of Tennessee in science education, curriculum and instruction. She completed her Ed.S. at Lincoln Memorial University in administration and supervision.

Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Ashe is also a certified Cognitive Coach and authorized Cognitive Coaching(SM) trainer. She conducts foundational seminars annually for school leaders in Knox County and South College faculty.

Becky will give an overview of new science curriculum standards adopted by the Tennessee State Board of Education on January 26, 2008

According to the document:
"The current science framework has been in place since 2003-2004. A revised curriculum framework for science must be implemented by school districts during the 2009-2010 school year. The Department of Education has now completed a standards revision process for 9-12 science. Approval of the new curriculum by January 2008 will enable the Tennessee Department of Education to meet the State Board requirement of having an approved set of standards for guidance with the science textbook adoption during school year 2008-2009."

Following an overview presentation of the new standards, Mrs. Ashe will moderate our discussion of science education in Tennessee public schools.


4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The book club meets every 2nd Sunday of the month at Barnes and Noble Bookseller at 8029 Kingston Pike in Knoxville.

"Atheist Universe: The Thinking Person's Answer to Christian Fundamentalism," by David Mills (with a foreword by Dorion Sagan)

From the Amazon.com web site:

Clear, concise, and persuasive, Atheist Universe details exactly why God is unnecessary to explain the universe and life's diversity, organization, and beauty. The author thoroughly rebuts every argument that claims to "prove" God's existence — arguments based on logic, common sense, philosophy, ethics, history and science.

Atheist Universe avoids the esoteric language used by philosophers and presents its scientific evidence in simple lay terms, making it a richly entertaining and easy-to-read introduction to atheism. A comprehensive primer, it addresses all the historical and scientific questions, including: Is there proof that God does not exist? What evidence is there of Jesus' resurrection? Can creation science reconcile scripture with the latest scientific discoveries?

Atheist Universe also answers ethical issues such as: What is the meaning of life without God? It's a spellbinding inquiry that ultimately arrives at a controversial and well-documented conclusion.

Posted by pking
Feb. 21, 2008