Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Students in Science

(This post continues thoughts from the last post.)

There is, however, one area in which there seems to be a troubling trend with regard to American students and science. And that is that our own young people are eschewing pursuing degrees in the sciences. Indeed, a large proportion of opportunities for graduate and postgraduate science positions in the U.S. are increasingly being filled by students from foreign countries. But this again points to conclusions opposite to those at which evolution activists would have us arrive. The problem is not the failure of American students to understand or accept macroevolution; rather, the problem is the heavy-handedness and close-mindedness with which the teaching of science in America is linked to metaphysical materialism. I have argued this before, so this time let me allow someone else to make my point. Here's Mark Mathis, who is the line producer for Expelled, the documentary (to be in theaters in April) about the denial of academic freedom in science in America...
Young people going into the physical and biological sciences are greeted with an atmosphere of great hostility toward the design proposition; not just by their professors but by fellow students, so many students choose to change what it is that they’re going to do—who wants to live their life working in an area where they are going to be a pariah if they actually speak their mind? And so you’ve got a lot of students who are choosing to do other things, and not go into the sciences. This is a mechanism by which you can control and make sure that you have a singular point of view that’s running the show.

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