Dr. Ball Update

Good morning. I hope you had a good Passover, Easter, or long weekend.

Before introducing this morning’s speaker, I want to give you a quick update on the Dr. Ball dilemma. You may remember the discussion we had a while back about Dr. Ball, a scientist who holds some controversial perpspectives on climate change theory, and whether or not he should be invited to speak at an assembly.

I had hoped we’d be able to host a student debate on this issue, but I learned last week that because IB2 students get busy and assembly schedules get tight, we will not be able to have that debate any time soon.

As a result, I’ve simply decided to invite Dr. Ball to speak to us. The chances of his coming here  — at least this year — are remote, but if he is able to join us, I intend to follow the good suggestions many of you have given me: we’ll get biographical information about Dr. Ball out to you before that assembly and build in plenty of time for questions and answers during the assembly.

My experience has been that, while you are a respectful audience, you are also very good about asking thoughtful questions and holding speakers accountable. My hunch is that Dr. Ball would probably enjoy spending some time with you.

Thanks again for your suggestions and your patience with all of this.


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