According to recent test results, California is one of the worst in the nation when it comes to Science in school, as reported in a recent Orange County Register article.
I’m sure there are many contributing factors, but I can’t help but think that part of the problem is that there is an increase in time spent promoting social values, ethics (as defined by the government), and multiculturalism (as the government sees it).
A recent law passed in California will now require teachers to teach on all of the positive contributions made by homosexuals. While I believe that homosexual behavior is sinful, I will also readily admit that there have been some who might have been homosexual and who also contributed something good to society. So what? The only reason to teach this is to promote homosexual behavior and it’s lifestyle as something which we should find acceptable and normal. It will be interesting to see what primary source material is used for this.
My son brought home a math assignment not too long ago. One of the “problems” taught that early Muslims were great mathematicians. This may or may not be true, and it might be that many other ancient societies were also good at math. But teaching that is not teaching math. And that is the problem. Time is spent straying from the important and crucial basics.
- Calif. students rank 47th in science (ocregister.com)
- California lags in middle-school science teaching, study finds (mercurynews.com)
- Only 22% of California 8th Graders Pass National Science Test (news.slashdot.org)
- Another Year of Math in Illinois High Schools (stlouis.cbslocal.com)