When most people think of "bad" TV, they think of networks like E!, VH1, MTV, Bravo—any of the dozens of channels that now broadcast mostly reality schlock all day, every day. "Good" TV, on the other hand, is stuff like National Geographic, the History Channel, Discovery—the networks that make TV, a notoriously hated invention amongst intellectuals, worth watching. But it turns out that "smart" television may not always be as smart as you think.
Can former Vice President Al Gore do for STEM education what he did for environmental awareness? No, he's not filming a science, technology, engineering, and math documentary with director Davis Guggenheim. Instead, Gore's hoping to spark student interest in STEM fields by hosting "Math, Science and the Future of Our Nation," a global online town hall on Wednesday, November 17th.
According to the National Science Foundation, 80 percent of the jobs created over the next decade will require math and science skills. So, Gore, and his partners at Time Warner Cable's philanthropic arm, Connect a Million Minds, hope to interest and excite young people from around the world through conversations with the leading minds in STEM fields-experts like astronaut Sally Ride and inventor Dean Kamen. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage from the Discovery Channel's MythBuster's team are also participating and will surely bring a dose of pop culture cool to the dialogue.