Saturday, December 15, 2007

Science Education

Why is it that otherwise well-educated people are embarrassed to mention that they've never read Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, or that they don't know who Chaucer is, but when it comes to science, instead of being embarrassed that they don't understand evolution, or genetics, or basic anatomy, or basic cell biology, or how carbon emissions affect the environment, or (i could go on for a while here)...the response is "well, i never was very good in my science classes" ?

These are important things for educated, informed people (voters!) to understand. How can they vote in elections without understanding the very basics of stem cell research, cloning, climate change, creation/evolution/intelligent design, and so on?

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