Thursday, December 13, 2007

Why I'm Embarrassed To Be An American

In a series of recent tests given to 15 year olds in 30 nations, American students ranked 17th in science and 24th in math.

Pathetic? Yes, but hardly surprising. After all, what can you expect from a nation that is raising a generation of students who haven't a clue what science even is? And if that seems like a harsh indictment, consider that a majority of Americans don't even believe in evolution. Even our President has questioned evolution. Even worse, four of the Republican candidates for President have said they don't believe in it.

Some of these clowns say they just want to teach both arguments for the origin man. What the hell does that mean? As far as science goes, there simply is no debate about evolution. Zero. None. Nada. And to insist that there is some sort of disagreement is simply a sign of one's own ignorance. And I'm sorry, but simply pointing at the Bible doesn't qualify as science.

Yet there are substantial numbers of Americans out there who seriously believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. Never mind that everything we know about geology, biology, paleontology, continental drift, and the fossil record ALL indicate that the Earth is BILLIONS of years old. The fact that the Bible says otherwise proves that all that other stuff is simply wrong. Reason and thought are the playground of the devil. If you dare use your brain, you're going to hell.

Did you know there is a $50 million museum in Kentucky called the Creation Museum? And that they have exhibits showing humans sitting in saddles on dinosaurs? And that they maintain there were dinosaurs on Noah's ark? Not only do these people seriously believe in this crap, but they're teaching it to their children!

On the other hand, it would explain why we no longer have unicorns: They got eaten by velociraptors down in the hold of the ship.

Proponents of creationism/intelligent design simply dismiss all the preponderance of evidence that shows the last of the dinosaurs dying out 65 million years ago, as well as the equally convincing evidence that our earliest human ancestors didn't walk the Earth till two million years ago.

Now foreign students can do the math on that and come up with a difference of 63 million years. But American students? Well, forget it. Our kids ranked 23rd on those math tests. They can barely handle 2 plus two, much less 65 million minus 63 million. Besides, they're too busy trying to imagine how much fun their great-great-grandpappy must have had herding cattle on a T-Rex. Is it any wonder our kids fare so badly against foreign students?

The comedian Lewis Black jokes about the people who believe The Flintstones is a documentary. And if it was just a few oddballs, then yes, it would be pretty hilarious. But when it's a substantial percentage of your citizens, it stops being funny and just becomes downright sad.

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