Role Models… or is that role MODELS?

30 Jul

Ever wonder where all the role models went to for people?  I mean – we had John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, all these guys who … well you knew where you stood with them.  

Today I keep hearing about how we got – nothing.  No real role models for kids.  So I started looking – and thought I’d be disapointed.  Instead I found that role models are there – in fact if you’re a girl man you are knee deep in them.  Let’s look beyond Paris Hilton … and Lindsay Lohan … and look to … Natalie Portman.

You guys remember Padme right?  Star Wars – V for Vendetta, this is a sister who let’s face it, has cool down.  Did you know she’s also a Harvard graduate, and in addition to Hebrew and English, has studied French, Japanese, and German is currently working on Arabic.

She co-authored two research papers which were published in professional scientific journals.  Her 1998 high school paper on the "Enzymatic Production of Hydrogen" was entered in the Intel Science Talent Search.  And in 2002, she contributed to a study on memory called "Frontal Lobe Activation During Object Permanence" during her psychology studies at Harvard.

And if you’re saying, okay so she was a geek in High School and made enough money to be in Harvard.  Fine – let’s look at Danica McKellar.  She used to be "Winnie" on the Wonder Years, has had a ton of awards as an actress – and then went to school.  She studied at UCLA, majoring in mathematics, and graduated summa cum laude in 1998. As an undergraduate, she coauthored a scientific paper with Professor Lincoln Chayes and fellow student Brandy Winn.  The paper proves a theorem in mathematical physics that is known as the "Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem". 

Now, she’s also the author of the book "Math Doesn’t Suck", and tours speaking on behalf of getting girls to realise – yeah, looking good is cool – but looking good and being smart … is the coolest. 

Now… if we can get get a few role models … for guys.

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Posted by on July 30, 2007 in Uncategorized


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