Posted on June 17, 2006 Comments (5)
Scientific Illiteracy and the Partisan Takeover of Biology by Liza Gross, Public Library of Science:
While the 17% figure does not amaze me I am surprised that the scientific literacy has doubled since 1979.
A comparison of science education achievement: International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (TIMSS), Average science scale scores of eighth-grade students, by country (2003), top 13 shown below:
I disagree that the era of nonpartisan science is gone. Extremist often gain an inordinate amount of media and political attention. But overall most people realise science is the driving force behind economic gains that they want to see continue. The challenge is making sure the fairly boring task of investing in basic research, basic science education encouraging engineering innovation, etc. don’t get overlooked as spicier topics get attention.
There really isn’t much question scientific and engineering breakthroughs will continue to provide huge economic benefit to humanity; the question is where those advances will be made. I believe the USA will continue to be home to many of those innovations however that global share will decrease as others, especially Asia, are responsible for an increasing share. I believe, increasing scientific literacy of the country (for the USA or any others) will lead to that country increasing their share of global scientific and engineering advances and gain that country economic benefits.
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