Should Math be Taught in Schools?

June 28, 2011

If you saw, and were properly horrified by,  the recent vid interviews with Miss USA contestants answering the question  ‘Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools?” (a discouraging number said no ) — you’ll appreciate this spoof.

(fortunately- in the real-world contest,  a ‘Huge Science geek” – Miss California – won the contest.)

Meanwhile, in real life – Fox News continues to insist that reality  is like, an elective, dude.
ThinkProgress:

On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace criticized a University of Maryland study which indicated that Fox News viewers are more misinformed than the consumers of other news media. Wallace said the study labeled those who “questioned whether climate change is occurring” as misinformed, and suggested that doing so would be improper.

The study actually asked, “Do you think that MOST SCIENTISTS believe that” 1) Climate change is occurring, 2) Views are evenly divided or 3) Climate change is not occurring. Noting that the correct answer is that most scientists believe that climate change is occurring, the study found that of those who said they watched Fox News “almost every day,” 60 percent got it wrong — significantly higher than the consumers of other news sources.

A Stanford University study similarly found that “more exposure to Fox News was associated with more rejection of many mainstream scientists’ claims about global warming, [and] with less trust in scientists.”

It is a fact that climate change is occurring, and anthropogenic global warming is so well-supported in peer-reviewed research that, as the Maryland study notes, the United States’ National Academy of Sciences and “97% of self-identifying actively publishing climate scientists agree” that it is occurring.

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3 Responses to “Should Math be Taught in Schools?”

  1. Eclipse Now Says:

    A historian and theologian (and friend of mine) Dr John Dickson is a Sydney Anglican minister. He analyses the Genre of Genesis and concludes that it is a polemic response to the Enuma Elish, a Babylonian creation myth that almost read as their National Anthem. Apparently it was written on 7 tablets and read out once a year at a special national day — like Christmas, Anzac Day and the 4th of July all roled into one.

    It was never meant to be read as a construction manual of how God made the earth, and is more a poem about *why* God made the earth and how well he made it. There’s the making of the forms and the filling of the forms.

    EG: Take the first 3 days = Forms:
    1. Light,
    2. Sky and Sea,
    3. Land and Sea.

    Take the next 3 days = Filling of forms with:
    4. Sun Moon and Stars
    5. Birds and fish
    6. Animals on the land

    7th day is the culmination of it all of us enjoying being in right relationship with God.

    In other words it is a poem glancing around at the world and saying “Isn’t it good how God put the Sun and Moon and Stars to light the universe, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea and us here on land, all ordered and working?”

    Reading it as a construction manual is forcing a scientific concern from 4000 years later over a passage that has NOTHING TO DO with those concerns.

    http://www.publicchristianity.org/creationism1.html

  2. Eclipse Now Says:

    It was never meant to be read as a construction manual of how God made the earth, and is more a poem about *why* God made the earth and how well he made it. There’s the making of the forms and the filling of the forms.

    Sorry, the ‘it’ here was vague. I meant to say:

    “Genesis was never meant to be read as a construction manual but as a response to the Enuma Elish. It is more of a poem about *why* God made the earth….


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