In a recent blog post, Jonathan Adler of The Volokh Conspiracy blog, reports on whether Must Our Next President Be Scientifically Literate?
A recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by Laurence Krauss of the Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, OH) addresses this very same question in Science and the Candidates.
"The day before the most recent Democratic presidential
debate, the media reported a new study demonstrating that
U.S. middle-school students, even in poorly performing
states, do better on math and science tests than many of
their peers in Europe. The bad news is that students in Asian
countries, who are likely to be our chief economic
competitors in the 21st century, significantly outperform all
U.S. students, even those in the highest-achieving states.
While these figures were not raised in recent Democratic or
Republican debates, they reflect a major challenge for the
next president: the need to guide both the public ..."
Dr. Krauss is a member of Science Debate 2008 which calls for a presidential debate regarding scientific policy issues.
Given the many urgent scientific and technological challenges
facing America and the rest of the world, the increasing need
for accurate scientific information in political decision making,
and the vital role scientific innovation plays in spurring
economic growth and competitiveness, we call for a public
debate in which the U.S. presidential candidates share their
views on the issues of The Environment, Health and
Medicine, and Science and Technology Policy.
A quite alarming fact is that in an early Republican debate this year, three candidates said they did not believe in evolution... this is clearly an issue that needs to be pressed.
I would like to hear what the rest of the board thinks about this issue.