LETTER: Science curriculum should focus on classes that inspire problem-solvers


In national news we see that the study of climate and evolution will be a heavy emphasis in our public schools. A recent article described major new education guidelines, indicating that due to added time spent on this new emphasis, for some high schools “…traditional classes like biology and chemistry may disappear entirely….”  One might question the wisdom of excessive or unbalanced class time spent on climate and evolution.

In decades of engineering, sales and management experience in dozens of countries I have used physics, chemistry, relativity, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and various other theoretical or applied sciences each day. But I have never been asked a question – on this continent or any other – related to using evolution or its principles to understand or solve problems in business, ethics, design, safety, weather forecasting, pollution abatement, plant operations, or any other aspect of providing highly complex, world-class products and services . I do not remember seeing it on a resume and have not thought to ask a job applicant about ‘evolution.’

We will condemn our economy (and the job prospects of our youth) to a low and non-competitive mediocrity if we overemphasize evolution at the expense of chemistry and the other traditional sciences which allow us to build the cars, planes, trains, ships, surgical robots, sustainable energy sources, electric grids, electronics, iPhones, and iPads which enhance each moment of our lives.

George Anderson