Archive for February, 2013

Evolution lesson

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Florida Citizens for Science vice-president Jonathan Smith once again pens a newspaper column, this time honoring Darwin Day with a lesson about evidences for evolution all around us: See Evolution Evidence in Daily Life.

As a society, we remain ambivalent toward the subject, not realizing that trying to equate Darwin with our modern-day understanding of evolution is rather like associating the Wright brothers to space flight.

If, as a nation, we wish to compete in a rapidly advancing technological world arena, we should take note of the advice offered by Darwin: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

In America, the time for that change is long overdue.

Keep on pushing …

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Florida Citizens for Science vice president Jonathan Smith keeps up the pressure on our state to put a priority on science education. Will we ever get anywhere?

My Word: Science education beyond the back seat

The importance of science has been at the forefront of discussions on education. Both Gov. Rick Scott and new state Education Commissioner Tony Bennett have emphasized Florida’s need for improvement in this area.

They claim that providing a top-class science education for K-12 students has to be one of the state’s top priorities. Yet this is clearly not the case.