Gregory A Petsko
Correspondence: Gregory A Petsko firstname.lastname@example.org
Genome Biology 2008, 9:106 doi:10.1186/gb-2008-9-6-106
(2008-06-30 17:06) University of Maryland
Greg, you make some excellent points - and I concur with your suggestion not to hold
conferences in states that undermine the teaching of evolution.
Another strategy we might consider - those of us in academia, that is - is announcing
that we will downgrade applications for admission to our universities from students
in states where evolution is not taught, or is taught badly. The quality of a student's
education is a legitimate criterion for admission to university, and if a state wants
to damage its own students by teaching pseudoscience, then the citizens of that state
should be told that they are hurting the chances of their children to be admitted
to college. Maybe that would wake up enough parents to stop the legislatures from
passing any more of these backward-looking, anti-science laws.
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