As a science educator for almost half a century, I find the argument in this article pertinent. Successful science education allows one to be more rational, pragmatic and objective in life. Most importantly, less dogmatized. (btt1943, vzc1943)
By venze on Feb 25, 2013 at 5:07pm
One of the strangest figures in America was William Jennings Bryan, who went from being fairly progressive to being a Creationist-defender at the Scopes trial. It’s this wavering that marks America: oscillating between faith and science;
that it is little different in most parts of the world, is cold comfort.
By Alan Brooks on Mar 01, 2013 at 2:57pm
Interestingly enough, while education is studied scientifically, the findings are almost never applied to the education system (in any place I’ve heard of). I think if it were, quite a few of these problems would go away, AND, the system would get better and better.
Ultimately, the system in place for electing officials will always be deficient, since it doesn’t promote anything except a person getting re-elected, in whatever way possible, even if it means pandering to people who have strange beliefs. If these people are swayed by anti-science points, then that’s where politicians will go. Why would they do anything else? They are going in exactly the direction we would expect them to given the current system.
AND, people who insist on listening to science and using science to produce good policies (this sounds like a dream to me), end up getting beat out by people who claim not to believe in evolution. It sounds strange, but not when considering the demographics of the US.
I don’t have a solution unfortunately. People who know science matters have to keep pushing it and eventually, hopefully, people will come around.
By Travis Cottreau on Mar 10, 2013 at 4:44pm