I haven’t been posting much new content lately, because I am doing a complete redesign and reorganization of t-square. Now, Mark Shuttleworth has posted an urgent request on his blog, asking for scientists and mathematicians to volunteer for editing of open-content science and mathematics textbooks which will be used for education in South Africa. This is urgently needed due to a teachers strike which could effect the education of millions of children.
There is a very unfortunate deadline (Wed 01 Sep, 2010, as I understand it). I am volunteering my time to help edit the grade 12 physics text. I will be trying to do as much as I can before this deadline. As a result, there there will be further delays in content being added to t-square, and the long overdue overhaul.
These textbooks have liberal licenses, and can be used to educate children around the world. The books can be downloaded, modified and printed without royalties. Governments can educate their children with these books at no cost but that of printing. Curious children who want to learn can download them an enrich their minds. This is exactly what the world needs!
I urge those with post-graduate degrees in science or math to step in and lend a hand. As learned members of the World’s small scientific community, what higher calling could there be for us than the inspiration and education of our children?