Bill Nye is widely known as the Science Guy educating children (and adults) on science through his 90s television show. He’s emerged again with a recent YouTube video (below) on how teaching creationism is hurting America’s future:
I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that’s completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that’s fine. But don’t make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future.
Gallup polls support a significant portion of Americans believing in creationism and/or a guiding hand affecting evolution. Statistics also show those with higher education are more likely to shun creationist beliefs. It’s hard to tell how many of the creationists are ‘Young Earthers’, but the implications to science and analytical thinking are alarming. With regards to his passion for pushing the evolution issue, Bill replied:
It’s for the betterment of the United States, the United States economy and our future. What makes the United States great, the reason people wanted to live in the United States, move here still, is because of our ability to innovate. This goes back to Ben Franklin and Thomas Alva Edison and George Washington Carver, let alone landing on the moon, Neil Armstrong. All these people believed in science. This morning, talking about Hurricane Isaac, and we’re watching satellite maps made with spacecraft orbiting the earth, and this all comes from science. If you have this idea that the earth is only 6,000 years old, you are denying, if you will, everything that you can touch and see. You’re not paying attention to what’s happening in the universe around you. As I say, this is bad for kids.
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