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Obvious poll is obvious

A poll in Kentucky is asking…

Should state science education standards require the teaching of evolution?

Yes 60%

No 36%

I don’t know 3%

The answer is that if you want to be prepared to attend a good university, or it you want to be an informed citizen of the world, yes, you should be taught evolution in high school. If your dream job is selling popcorn for minimum wage at Ken Ham’s Ark Park* for the rest of your life, you’re probably OK without it.

*Note: Ark Park jobs currently don’t exist, and probably never will.

Comments

  1. Mr Ed says

    I don’t know about this one, if we keep lowering education standards we can compete for those jobs that Bangladesh doesn’t want. Twenty five cents an hour is good money and you don’t have to have your beliefs challenged.

  2. sbuh says

    I’ll just assume the final option was cut short and the second half was “what evolution is.”

  3. Matt G says

    Uh, let’s see. Given that evolution is the foundation of biology, I’m going to say Yes. “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” -Dobzhansky

  4. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Latest figures :

    Should state science education standards require the teaching of evolution?

    Yes(Your vote) = 72%
    No = 24%
    I don’t know = 3%

    This is open to Aussie votes right? (If not, hey, too bad. Also poll offered on the internet where we’re all world wide.)

  5. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    @5. aziraphale : Dobzhansky? Sounds communist to me.

    Goes to show you can’t tell from names what with all the global immigration over the centuries.

    Dobzhansky was born in Imperial Russia (now Ukraine) and emigrated from the Soviet Union to the United States as a young man in 1927. He published a major work of the modern evolutionary synthesis, ‘Genetics and the Origin of Species’, in 1937. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1964,[3] and the Franklin Medal in 1973.

    National meaning US National I’d presume. Turns out form the same wiki-page that Theodosius was a follower although not exactly a conventional believer in the Russian Orthodox religion and also supported the idea of eugenics.

    Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dobzhansky

  6. unbound says

    My mind is still reeling…isn’t the poll question essentially asking “Should state science education standards require the teaching of science?”

  7. footface says

    I never understand the people who say they don’t know, in online polls. I don’t mean I don’t get how they can not know (although I don’t get that)—I mean, why do they bother answering an online poll if they don’t know or have an opinion? It’s not like participating in these polls is compulsory. My every mental state must be announced and recorded!

  8. David Marjanović says

    Yes: 2403 votes, 75%
    No: 677 votes, 21%
    I don’t know: 89 votes, 2%
    Total: 3169 votes

    will probably be exempt from paying minimum wage on religious grounds

    …Are you kidding, or is that really legal??? Because it’s even more obviously unconstitutional than “In God We Trust”.

  9. says

    …Are you kidding, or is that really legal??? Because it’s even more obviously unconstitutional than “In God We Trust”.

    It is, although it might vary state by state. The Scientologists use that one all the time.

  10. John Small Berries says

    Well, here’s a funny thing. I voted “Yes” on the poll, and when it displayed the results, the “No” response had “(Your vote)” after it.

  11. marko says

    If your dream job is selling popcorn for minimum wage at Ken Ham’s Ark Park

    Is there an argument that these people are more in need of a good education than the rest? Make sure you educate behind your ears too Billy.