MainLine Peace Action/DelMont PDA

March 28, 2011

Help Stamp Out Creeping Ignorance!

Filed under: environment, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:49 am

This article is about creeping ignorance – the widespread refusal to accept facts and the growing tendency to create one’s own.  For example, a 2010 Gallup poll asked people if they believed in naturalistic evolution.  Only 16% of the whole sample did.  25% of those with post-graduate degrees.  9% of those with high school or less.  2% of those who attend church weekly.  31% of those who seldom or never attend church.  Twice as many Democrats as Republicans believe in evolution.  You can find similarly scary statistics about the percentage of people who believe that global warming is caused by man and about the people who think government should stay out of relations between workers and bosses (this after the hundreth anniversary of the Triangle Fire last week!).  Paste the link to your browser to read the article.

http://www.alternet.org/story/150382/the_biggest_threat_facing_the_country_today_is_fast_creeping_ignorance?page=entire

January 31, 2011

“I Didn’t Evolve. God Made Me!”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:04 am

Clearly, we have some educating to do. [What are they teaching in science class?]  This article tells about a US Congresssman who dismisses evolution and about scary percentages of Americans who do also.  We’ve always thought the sticking point is time.  If people could embrace the colossal spans of time involved (billions of years instead of 6,000), evolution would make sense to them.  The point is that if the public is this weak on science, how can we expect them to understand nuclear power, nutrition, health care, population, birth control, climate change, peak oil,  etc?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/30/jack-kingston-evolution_n_815909.html

October 18, 2010

Paul Tillman, Teachers, DADT, & Captain America

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 7:35 am

http://www.opednews.com/articles/2/Don-t-Ask-Don-t-Tell–T-by-Paul-Thomas-101014-950.html

Teachers And Test Scores

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:46 am

Speaking of test scores – has anyone looked lately at the SAT scores of young people going into teacher training programs?  Of all professions, teaching draws the weakest candidates.  And why is that?  It could have to do with the fact that average teacher annual salaries are $52,000.  Not a huge incentive for bright young people.  Teaching is hard work both during the day when working with children and at home at night correcting papers and writing lesson plans.  Diane Ravitch has some things to say in this article.

http://www.opednews.com/populum/linkframe.php?linkid=120316

October 15, 2010

Waiting For Superman

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 6:52 am

“Waiting for Superman,” a documentary about the troubles of our educational system, is showing at local theaters.  It is well worth a look.  Here is Roger Ebert’s review: http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100929/REVIEWS/100929981.