American students have normally scored low on questions like have humans come from lower species, did the Universe start with an explosion of energy? These low scores have lead to numerous accusations such as illiterates in science compared to other nations. The National Science Board decided to drop such questions on the grounds that it fails to give a true assessment of a student knowledge of science. This set off angry protests by certain special interest groups, one of which is…
“NCSE’s Joshua Rosenau decried the decision, saying, “Discussing American science literacy without mentioning evolution is intellectual malpractice … It downplays the controversy.” Also reportedly dismayed by the decision was the White House. “The Administration counts on the National Science Board to provide the fairest and most complete reporting of the facts they track,” Rick Weiss, a spokesperson and analyst at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, told Science.”
Isn’t this the same Joshua Rosenau from the NCSE who believes there is no controversy about evolution rather it’s controversy is one concocted by creationists and the Discovery Institute? Does he now believe in teaching this controversy in the public schools? When one has to believe in evolution rather than just understanding it’s concepts makes evolution a religion! It’s also a violation of separation of church and state!
There is a myth propagated by radical left leaning evolutionists that you can have a PHD and have papers published in mainstream science journals and have discoveries that save lives but if you doubt evolution then your an illiterate in science. Does the likes of Joshua Rosenau want to require students a recitation that pledges of allegiance to evolution? Do you want left leaning socialists forcing science curricula on students that say in order to understand science, you must believe that “nothing” banged and became everything by an unguided process?
The NSB defended its decision by stating the following…
“The questions were “flawed indicators of scientific knowledge because the responses conflated knowledge and beliefs,” says Louis Lanzerotti, an astrophysicist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark and chair of the board’s Science and Engineering Indicators (SEI) committee. John Bruer, a philosopher and president of the James McDonnell Foundation in St. Louis, Missouri, and the lead reviewer for the chapter, says he recommended removing the text and related material because the survey questions “seemed to be very blunt instruments, not designed to capture public understanding” of the two topics.”
The only malpractice in science in this situation is by the likes of special interest groups like the NCSE who strive for goals of educational dictatorship over Christianity while demanding that students not only understand what you learned about evolution but believe in it as well which makes it a religion unto itself.