A piece by Zack Kopplin, science advocate.
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.
Louisiana State University’s former graduate dean of science, Kevin Carman, testified before the state legislature in 2012 that top scientists had left the university citing the Louisiana Science Education Act as a reason. Other scientists chose to accept jobs elsewhere, because they didn’t want to come to a state with a creationism law. Carman said: “teaching pseudo-science drives scientists away.”
In addition, some science conferences were moved out of the state. I’m not clear exactly if the impact is as real right now as they state but its clear that a poorly trained local work force is NOT conducive to economic growth. Most of the students to LA universities would come from state schools. This is a difficult hurdle for them to have to overcome. However, as we noted in another piece, it’s far from local to LA. This is a nation-wide problem. To go backwards to a Bible-based education means you go backwards in economics too. How does that sound? Is sounds ignorant to me. I’m not above making hay out of this and embarrassing states for their short-sighted, faith-based decisions.
So, dissing science means you lose money. Guess what I have to say about that Gov. Jindal?