The Personal Blog of Stephen Sekula

PoliSci: Perry on Science Education in Texas

Let me just give a big shout out to our Texas-sized Governor, who just set back public impressions of the Texas science curriculum about 75 years. Oh, and also thanks to our highest-ranking public official for saying that Texas public schools are in violation of several supreme court rulings that state that teaching creationism in schools is a violation of the U.S. Constitutions protection of religion from public institutions and public institutions from religion. You go, Governor – you are definitely ready for Federal government.

Also, that mother’s behavior actually makes me feel a little nauseous. Still doesn’t justify Perry’s comments, but boy do I need some ginger ale. This whole thing reminds me why I hate politics, and why I also can’t avoid politics. Soda crackers please.

As a physicist, I found his profound mischaracterization of the age of the earth both sad and disturbing. I guess I am glad he’s not a public school science teacher. Based on the best radioactive dating of rocks using their unstable isotope ratios, Earth has been dated to be 4.54 billion years old, plus or minus 1%. This measurement has been verified using different isotope ratios from different locations across the globe. That’s called science. It’s what we should teach our kids in science class.