Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Bad education

The New York Times > Education > Governors Seek Rise in High School Standards:

Graduation requirements remain so universally inadequate that it is possible to earn a diploma anywhere in the nation and still lack the basic skills required by colleges and employers, the governors reported.

Indeed, more than 4 in 10 public high school students who manage to graduate are unprepared for either college courses or anything beyond an entry-level job, the governors reported, requiring billions of dollars in remedial training to endow them with the skills “they should have attained in high school.”
Let me tell you, intelligent design won't help that any. Even the White House seems to agree, at last. What we need is education that worries less about being politically correct, and more about being correct.

I think there should be a comparative religions courses in high schools, because kids will live in a world where they have to understand other religions. Not agree with them, but tolerate and accept the existence of other religions. That's just a matter of practicality. Let the religion course deal with creation myths, and confront metaphysical naturalism, along with young earth creationism and everything else. That's a setting where the students can confront the issue on its merits.

Heck, have everyone go visit three different religious ceremonies. I've been to synagogues, Quaker meeting houses, Catholic, Episcopal and Lutheran churches, and probably some other things along the way. Some I enjoyed, some I didn't. I learned something at each one.

That's how it's supposed to be. That's what education does. It prepares you to deal with college, where you'll meet very different people. It prepares you for an international workforce.

You can't let politics influence how science is taught or practiced.