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Yet another weird SF fan

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

This Makes More Sense Than It Looks

According to Jewish Philosopher (fundamentalists are not always Christian):

What's interesting to me is how scientific progress seems to have slowed almost to a halt since since evolution was first widely taught in American public schools in the 1960s.

Between 1910 and 1960, the United States progressed from what would now be considered a primitive, agricultural way of life, with horse drawn wagons and outhouses, to the age of automobiles, televisions and passenger jets. Life expectancy increased from 50 to 67 years (25%). From 1960 to 2010, the only major changes are that land line telephones have been replaced by cell phones and television has been replaced by the Internet. Life expectancy has increased from 67 to 75 years (10%). Much of our (now crumbling) infrastructure has been in place since the 1960's, if not far earlier. The US manned spaced program, once the pride of American science, is now dead.

The above is almost right. The same period that saw the teaching of evolution become official policy also saw increasing centralized control of education. It was taught before then but there was no central policy commanding it.

We must recall that the self-congratulation-based community supports teaching evolution and the look-say method of reading and affirmative action and bilingual education and they oppose school vouchers… They might be right once but not the rest of the time.

On the other hand, move to central control (and the consequent anti-intellectualism) has been building for decades.

On the gripping hand, much of the misinformation comes from other students. The really weird thing is that anybody who challenges a leftist on facts and is able to back it up is subject to the Galileo gambit. (How dare you cite an authority!)

Addendum: The word “not” originally omitted from the first line has been added.


Blogger AMcGuinn said...

Lots of things changed in the 60s. The invention of sex, etc. etc. etc.

It's not totally implausible that teaching science as dogma damages science, but I'm not convinced.

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