Sunday, December 13, 2009

Drugs - Less Scary Than Science

A lovely article on Sally Ride and what she's doing to try to encourage kids to like science includes this gem:

A study by the silicon chip giant Intel showed that parents are more willing to talk to their children about drugs than math and science.

Really? That can't be right... let's look at that quote again:

A study by the silicon chip giant Intel showed that parents are more willing to talk to their children about drugs than math and science.

Yes, really. Drugs are less scary than math and science (at least in the US). News drug dealers all over the country are I'm sure excited to hear. It's a result of their successful campaign to recruit friendly drug pushers. No? It's a result of the declining science education in this country? (Just my speculation here, folks.) Oh, well that could be true too.

Other than the absurd, the article's main points are:

  • The economy will suffer if the next generation doesn't have a strong science education.
  • The next generation will suffer if they don't have a strong science education.

The second point is, of course, directly related to the first.

And so ends National Computer Science Education week. Now go talk to your kids about drugs.

1 comment:

Sarah L said...

Terrifying. Though I would say both are important topics. And I'm not surprised.