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Thursday, August 09, 2012

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A lot of business leaders say that students should learn more math and science. I have never heard a business leader say students should know more about the Bible. In all seriousness, why don't companies take a stand for science?

Longworth is way off base when he calls this "a thinly-veiled attack on the teaching of evolution." It is clearly not an attempt to attack the teaching of evolution, which, by the way, many Christian denominations accept, but is an attempt to guarantee the free expression of religion.

For those not familiar with Longworth's writing, much of it bemoans the offshoring of Midwest manufacturing and the erosion of blue-collar earnings. While these losses are lamentable, Longworth's incessant droning on the subject leads to the impression that he is a front man for labor unions.

Although he usually sings his one-note song for manufacturing, in this case he appears to be doing the heavy lifting for teachers' unions. These unions don't want any interference in their classroom fiefdoms, and the religious rights amendment does just that. In a sense, it takes some control from teachers and hands it over to parents and students. From the unions' standpoint, this is not a battle over religion but a battle over controlling the big-bucks education industry.

I work for a multi-billion dollar firm in the Midwest, and our last three CEOs, all engineers trained in science and math, graduated from religious institutions. All too obviously, they did a lot better than poor Mr. Longworth, whose feckless attempts at professional achievement consist of writing the same article over and over with only the word order changed.

Everyone is entitled to their own opinons.
Everyone is not entitled to their own facts.
Facts exist in context, and are subject to the state of the art knowledge of their time.

Any science educator that does not provide the context and, dare I say it, evolution of knowledge over time is doing a disservice to their students. Especially since so many students certainly are not getting said context at home.

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