"The Serve": EDUCATION (or lack of a quality education)
1. The act or process of educating or being educated.
2. The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.
Somehow from childhood to high school this acceptance of evolution is usually not included in parental guidance and/or in the educational responsibility of teachers in the Rio Grande Valley.
We have established that religious people can and have accepted evolution!
To some students the acceptance of evolution by some Christian denominations comes as a surprise. Somehow from childhood to high school this acceptance of evolution is usually not included in parental guidance and/or in the educational responsibility of teachers in the Rio Grande Valley. This is of course not a surprise, considering the low quality of education, not just in the Valley, as you can read here, here, here, here, here, and here, and here, and here and... Since this reading assignment is pretty long, if you only have limited time, or if you have a hard time concentrating on this much material, read this article However, I recommend that you read them all; this concerns you since most of you are going to become teachers. Note in that article figure the number of students not ready for college when enrolling at STC for the first time -- around 80 percent. Yes, you read that correctly! Around 80 percent of you guys are not ready for college when you come to STC -- including this class!
Education is extremely important, and it is the solution to this -- in my opinion (and you don't have to agree with it) -- silly discussion between science and religion. You see, a person with good knowledge in science, especially biology, don't question the reality of evolution. It is lack of biology knowledge that is the cause of this sometimes "offensive discussion", which does NOT have to be a discussion about whether God exists, or not. To -- hopefully -- help you to update your knowledge about the REAL world to the 20th century, I will give you a "one-minute" lecture in evolution in a later chapter.
Remember Kenneth Miller? Here is again in a video. Remember that Dr. Miller is religious. Uploaded by LiberalViewer. Enjoy!:
Lack of education is a serious problem in many aspects; one is because the quality of education is better in other countries -- especially science education, including evolution (more than half of the U.S. population do not accept evolution). If nothing is done, the status of the United States as a democracy and as a leading country of the world is at stake. Dr. Reed, president of STC stated that if "we in the Rio Grande Valley as well as the rest of the nation are to retain our competitive edge in the global economy, graduation from high school must truly mean ready for college" and we must "address the challenges before us and in ways we have never done before". A prerequisite for "college for all" to work is that "all" come to college with an open mind. Click on this link! At the bottom of that page are some depressing statistics -- especially note the STC graduation rate!
We have established that education is in trouble in this country. The quality of education is better in other countries -- especially science education, including evolution (more than half of the U.S. population do not accept evolution). If nothing is done, the status of the United States as a democracy and as a leading country of the world is at stake.
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