Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.
~Daniel Patrick Moynihan
The 'dumbing down' of science is something I keep hoping the Obama administration takes a much stronger stand against in public schools curriculum. The general public has lost its respect for scientists, scholarship, and research. Being an intellectual now is something to be ridiculed and held in contempt. Leaders who appear to be 'eggheads' have been encouraged to 'tone it down' and speak the language of the 'common people'....lowest common denominator, if you ask me! Whenever you hear a politician use the term 'folks'...that's an indicator of this trend.
Ignorance about science is a topic for somebody in a leadership position to discuss in front of the American people. It has consequences. As Susan Jacoby, author of "The Age of American Unreason" defines the problem: "Scientific illiteracy provides fertile soil for political appeals based on sheer ignorance." (Sure sounds like some current appeals from the candidates from the right side of the political spectrum these days.)