Friday, January 23, 2009
The Politics of Stupid
Here's a funny quote about the Texas science standards fight:
It's outrageous that our highest elected education officials voted to silence teachers and students in science class," said Jonathan Saenz, a lobbyist for the Free Market Foundation [the Texas affiliate of James Dobson's Focus on the Family]. "Despite being overwhelmed by e-mails and phone calls to keep strengths and weaknesses, the divided State Board of Education ignored constituents and sided with a small group of activists.
This decision shows that science has evolved into a political popularity contest.
But I do agree with Saenz in a way. The very fact that politicians are even considering changing the standards written by experts in the field of science and education does show that creationists have mustered a lot of political popularity ... to go with their lack of scientific literacy.
The truth has been expelled from the science classroom.