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Posted by: Michael Mandel on June 22
Here’s some thoughts by David Brin about why fewer American kids are going into the sciences these days—and why it’s not the fault of the schools.
Mind you, I DO have plenty of complaints against modern education, (complaints learned the hard way, with three kids in public school!) But given the “culture war” against the Enlightenment and all of its fruits, and the hatred of science expressed by radicals of both left and right, is it any wonder that young people are drifting away from such fields, even more quickly than servicemen and women are departing the armed forces?
Left and right are in this together. Extremists on both sides have made it clear that science is the real enemy, along with the concomitant general attitudes of even-tempered criticism and acceptance of contingent truth that underlay the entire Enlightenment.
I would add that the economics profession, by and large, would prefer to downplay technology as well as a source of growth, preferring to focus on budget deficits and savings instead.
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