Louisiana counts the cost of teaching creationism – in reputation and dollars
GOP Governor Bobby Jindal defends anti-evolution education policy, but it costs his state millions in science-based business
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal endorsed teaching creationism in public schools, by way of the state's creationism law, a misnamed and misguided piece of legislation called the Louisiana Science Education Act. In a recent interview with NBC News, Jindal said:
"Let's teach them about intelligent design … What are we scared of?"
Governor Jindal, we are scared of the harm to Louisiana students and to our state. The Louisiana Science Education Act has already hurt our economy.
The chairman of Louisiana's senate education committee, Conrad Appel, has called for high schools and colleges to graduate more students in Stem fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), because "the amount of income [students] can earn in these related fields is best." Teaching students that creationism is science will confuse them about the scientific method and the nature of science, which, in turn, will hold them back from getting jobs in any cutting-edge scientific field.
We can't teach students misleading lessons that blur the lines between rigorous fact and religious belief.
Written By: Zack Kopplincontinue to source article at guardian.co.uk