Thursday, August 25, 2005

SCIENCE EDUCATION

As I've mentioned on a previous posting, I'm very concerned with the Science and Religion problems that are affecting the education of young people in this country. There's an excellent letter in yesterday's NY Times (Aug. 24) that I quote herewith (from Leon T. Rosenberg, emeritus professor of microbiology and immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine):

"Politicized Scientists Put Evolution on the Defensive" ("A Debate Over Darwin" series, front page Aug. 21):
While the headline proclaims that evolutionists are on the defensive, scientists with a sense of public responsibility are properly resisting the efforts of the creationsists of whatever stripe to subvert the scientific education of Americans.
It is entirely possibly that with a sufficient expenditure of money, the country can be set back several centuries in its scientific education and made the laughingstock of the rest of the world.
Dangerous idelogies sometimes win for a while; witness Germany in the 1930's. Unfortunately, the evolution of ideas is not as well understood and is much more difficult to study than the evolution of life forms.
Those of us with faith in science and human intelligence will continue to speak out against attempts to destroy scientific education in the public schools."


I would add in the public forum -- private institutions as well! Great comment... let me know if you agree or if you don't, why?

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