Thank goodness for “Don’t Make Yourself at Home”land Security!
While Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez assures the U.S. Senate that the Bush Administrationâ€™s domestic eavesdropping program is a vital â€œearly warning systemâ€ for terrorists, another homeland security measure strikes at a local elementary school.
The kindergarten class at Lakewoodâ€™s Taft Elementary was planning a field trip to NASA Glenn Research Center. Itâ€™s a popular trip because itâ€™s free, because the NASA staff already has age-appropriate tours that fit well with school curriculum, and, well, itâ€™s outer space, for peteâ€™s sake. Theyâ€™ve got rocket ships.
And NASA works the education angle hard. According to the agency, â€œA major part of the NASA mission is â€˜To inspire the next generation of explorers . . . as only NASA can.â€™â€ And of course they talk about math and science. NASA says about 400 school groups took tours last year.
But school principal Margaret Seibel says this yearâ€™s trip for Taft kindergarteners â€” weâ€™re talking 6-year-olds here â€” had to be canceled due to homeland security concerns.