We rank dead last in healthcare, near last in education, we are only 2nd to
Keep in mind that we are last in the
Before he came into office, Bobby Jindal promised to
Improve the caliber of math and science education in our high schools
A strong proficiency in math and science has been shown to be a needed
skill for many of the current and projected high-wage jobs in
well as a key indicator in college achievement and higher ACT scores. For
those districts having trouble attracting and retaining teachers qualified to
teach these subjects, we need better training programs and on-line courses
to help those teachers succeed. We should also better pursue talented
graduates of multiple fields (e.g., physics, math, or biology) to make up for
teacher shortages and expand alternative certification programs so that
working professionals with expertise in these subjects can be taught the
skills needed to relay that knowledge in the classroom. School partnership
programs with local employers are critical to educate students on the
usefulness and value of strong math and science skills.
large manufacturing base that uses technology daily and we should leverage
that presence to improve math and science instruction in the classroom.
This sounds good, considering that the governor is a smart guy, holding a degree in biology from
Sounds like a dream, in fact. A governor educated in science who desires to attract business and research facilities to our state so we can keep our kids here and build our future.
Good in theory, but bad in politics, and Bobby Jindal is a political animal. He lives and breathes political opportunity and that seems to be in conflict with his scientific training.
Of course, politics trumps all.
Jindal supported Sen. Ben Nevers “Academic Freedom” (read creationism) bill and signed it into law, making
Although Nevers played the innocent, saying “This is strictly about teaching science in the classroom, it has nothing to do with religion”, the bill as intended opens the door to exactly that. Otherwise, why pass a bill saying that you can ‘teach science’ and have critical evaluation of scientific theory in the classroom? We have had that for as long as we have had schools.
Improve the caliber of math and science education indeed!
Science deals with natural phenomenon, religion with the supernatural. The two will never meet, and were never intended to. Belief in scientific findings are based on empiricism. Religious beliefs are based on faith.
Science should be taught at school, religion at home and in church.
The Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology has now informed the governor with this letter that the SICB will not come to
P. Z. Myers, a biologist and associate professor at the
Do you still wonder why we rank last in education, and why our kids have to leave the state to find opportunities?
H/T to Your Right Hand Thief