Friday, January 27, 2017

When You Bet Against American Education

You've heard it, again and again. American education lags way behind other countries. Look at the test scores, and they tell the whole story. American students just can't cut it. There are little nations in Europe that leave us in the dust.

Whew! I'm so damned glad!

I'm pretty sure the United States has led the way in research on climate change. Maybe our nation has done the heavy lifting so far. But think of all those smart people in all those other countries. They will be able to pick up the baton, carry on the research, and publish it far and wide. I further have confidence that the people working inside the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC made the best of the two months they had between election day and inauguration to disseminate any data they had been keeping just for Americans.

There are smart people everywhere, and if the Orange Menace shuts down the EPA, the science will continue.

What won't continue is the cleanup of our nation. If you're under 40, you can't even remember what it was like back in the day. Let me tell you: It was horrible. Our air and water is so much better now. I wonder if people will be willing to sit by and let everything go all smoggy and carcinogenic again.

Oh well. I'm looking for the silver lining here. For the first time in my life, I'm placing my faith in the smart students, teachers, researchers, and scientists in other countries. You go, Finland!


Ol'Buzzard said...

we could be entering the intellectual and social dark ages in this country. It is not just four years. The Supreme Court requires one replacement member and there is the possibility of one or two more replacements over the next four years. Trump will tilt the balance of the Supreme court and we will have to live with conservative far right values for decades to come.

Most great countries lasted about two hundred year before their decline.
We have got to resist.
the Ol'Buzzard

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Finland is small, but mighty!

mshatch said...

Do you remember the crying Indian commercial? I don't think they even have commercials about trash anymore and why we should care about where it goes. I am so disheartened by the news every day :(


there is noooo silver lining..

CraveCute said...

Thank you for an excellent post. They are organizing a Science march the end of April. Hope we're still around by then.

Jono said...

At some point we have to hand it off to the next generation and hope they improve upon it. If they don't then I hope I'm dead before I see a total disaster.