From Rick Perry’s recent outing at some State Fair or other, courtesy of CNN:
The mother pushed her son towards Perry and insisted he ask the governor about the age of the earth.
“How old do I think the earth is? You know what, I don’t have any idea,” Perry said. “I know it’s pretty old so it goes back a long long way. I’m not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how long, how old the earth is.”
Uh, well, Gov, actually, they do.
While Perry was answering the child’s question, the mother continued to loudly whisper in the child’s ear to ask him about evolution and why he doesn’t believe in science.
“Here your mom was asking about evolution, and you know it’s a theory that’s out there, and it’s got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both creationsim and evolution in our public schools,” Perry said. “Because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.”
Uh, well, Gov, actually, we don’t teach creationism in Texas schools. My daughter, now a senior, has taken several courses in biology, physics, and chemistry, all of which involved ideas from evolution. Creationism was never mentioned.
As I’ve noted before, if schools want to address C-ism in classes about mythology or comparative religion or “Turtles All the Way Down,” no problem. But science classes are for science, and God knows (Darwin Knows?) our kids need more of it, not less.