Lose-iana: Getting smacked for scientific ignorance

A piece by Zack Kopplin, science advocate.

Louisiana counts the cost of teaching creationism – in reputation and dollars  | guardian.co.uk.

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?

Lose-iana? You deserve it.

Lose-iana? You deserve it.

  5 comments for “Lose-iana: Getting smacked for scientific ignorance

  1. RDW
    May 1, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    This just underscores the importance of keeping a steady influx of good sensible young Skeptic/Atheists into involvement with the forefront of activism. For every hard won step forward into a rational world. there are those who insist on trying to drag human culture back into the Dark Ages. SHAME ON YOU !!!

  2. May 1, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    Jindal after the Presidential election came out hard to stop the GOP from being the party of ‘stupid.’ Yes, he actually used those words. Then he comes out with this scheme, which is pretty stupid. It is just sad.

  3. Chris Howard
    May 1, 2013 at 3:33 PM

    I was wondering when the “Bible belt brain-drain” would start. Guess its now?

    I actually think its a good thing. Being the party of “responsibility” they should thoroughly understand the concept of consequences for ones actions.

    That southern pride will bite you in the butt every time.

  4. May 2, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Those who read this and truly understand the full implications of evolution, I have come across few who do, realise that ‘creationist’ ideas will go away in time. There is nothing you can do about it, nor can anyone predict the time-scale, but those ideas will not survive. Most of us live within the big illusion, I am not sure if that will ever dissipate.

  5. BobbyMoron
    May 2, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Not at all indicative of the people of Louisiana. The majority here are done with Puyish. This sneaky snake (charmer) has run his course. Creationism, turning down federal Medicaid funds, hiding his spending, tax swap, cutting teachers pensions, slashing state jobs, cutting higher education, more days outside the state campaigning then actually here. He is a complete moron and the people here are fed up.

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