I told you recently about the election here in Kansas that returned order, at least for now, to our State Board of Education. In the past six years, that important body which sets policy for public schools in Kansas, has been led by a majority of people who have used their own personal agendas to put in place policies that made Kansas the laughingstock of the nation.
More importantly, these policies could have set Kansas on a course of creating a generation of scientifically illiterate people. The primary election was but a win of a battle, not the war. And in yesterday's New York Times, a professor of physics and astronomy at Case Western University uses our experience here in Kansas to demonstrate to the rest of the country why winning these battles are important to the future of not just science education, but to society as a whole. It is definitely worth your time to read.
Lawrence Krauss closes his column with this reminder:
"As we continue to work to improve the abysmal state of science education in our schools, we will continue to battle those who feel that knowledge is a threat to faith.
But when we win minor skirmishes, as we did in Kansas, we must remember that the issue is far deeper than this. We must hold our elected school officials to certain basic standards of knowledge about the world. The battle is not against faith, but against ignorance."
Faith and science can live together in the same world. We cannot tolerate ignorance in any world and expect that world to be a worthwhile place to live. Food for thought.