Initiative to build Tesla curriculum for U.S. schools

U.S. scientists have launched an initiative to introduce lectures on work and inventions Nikola Tesla into the curriculum of schools across their country.

Source: Tanjug, Večernje novosti

This should happen as of next year, writes the Belgrade-based daily Večernje Novosti.

The initiative was set up by three, and backed by over 100 American scientists, the daily writes, noting that on January 11, the Philadelphia-based Tesla Science Foundation will hold a Tesla Memorial Conference in New York so as to mark 71 years since the death of Tesla.

The main topic of the conference will be "Building the Tesla Curriculum" for schools in the U.S. and other countries across the world, and American scientists, professors, and enthusiasts will try to give an answer to the question, "who was that influential to take Tesla out of schools?"

A study that was prepared for the conference by an expert team shows that Tesla was a creator of our future, said Ashley Redfearn-Neswick, principal of the Tacony Academy Charter School located in Philadelphia.

She noted that the Serbian-American engineer and inventor was "a genius, a scientist to whom the world owes a debt of gratitude," and that American students "have to learn from Tesla."

"It is a happy coincidence that under the new law in the U.S., curriculums are approved by the federal government, and we will file our request to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington. We hope for a positive decision, which will give us an opportunity to share the truth about one of the most brilliant people in the world with Americans," Redfearn-Neswick was quoted as saying.

She backed the idea that her academy should change its name to the Nikola Tesla Academy and that a monument to Nikola Tesla should be erected within the university campus in Philadelphia in 2014.

President of the Tesla Science Foundation Nikola Lončar told Novosti that in recent years Nikola Tesla has been one of the most popular figures in the U.S., and noted that there are around 100 scientists that study his works very seriously and support the idea of making lectures on Tesla's work and inventions a part of the curriculum.

The study will not be made public until it is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, and after the U.S., the proposal for developing a Tesla curriculum will be put forward to the relevant ministries in Australia, Brazil, Germany and other world countries, he said.

The Tesla Memorial Conference will be held at the New Yorker Hotel, in which Tesla died on Orthodox Christmas, January 7, 1943.

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