Target: Bill Nye “The Science Guy”
Goal: Express gratitude for recent comments that urge the American public to put the education of the nation’s youth first
Perhaps best known as “The Science Guy,” Bill Nye is receiving plenty of attention after his recent comments about creationism and the effects of these teachings on a young generation of learners. In a BigThink video racking up views on YouTube, the bow-tied mechanical engineer states his fears that American youth are being held back by ideals that refuse to believe in the existence of evolution.
Nye’s concern stems from America’s overall poor performances in science and math, and he believes that until new generations can learn beyond the Bible much of our future labor force will be stunted in these respects. Nye explained in an open telephone interview that, “If we raise a generation of students who don’t believe in the process of science, who think everything that we’ve come to know about nature and the universe can be dismissed by a few sentences translated into English from some ancient text, you’re not going to continue to innovate.”
Under the teachings of creationism, the Bible is fact and life has not existed for more than 10,000 years; science on the other hand, describes the earth as being billions of years old. This discrepancy, Nye points out, has left scientific advancement in a virtual standstill in many parts of the country mostly inhabited by those who prefer to believe the former explanation.
This is not about religion as much as it is about the education of our country’s youth. “We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future,” said Nye. “We need engineers that can build stuff, solve problems.” Nye suggests that his issue with creationism has less to do with religion but involves itself with the welfare of the country and the education of its future leaders. It all begins with what is being taught (and not taught) in schools. To praise Bill’s commitment to educating America’s youth, please sign the petition below.
Dear Mr. Nye,
It is no secret that when it comes to science and math education America is struggling. Yet in the areas where the nation could be making great strides, obstacles continue to hold it back. In many parts of the country, the convictions and personal beliefs of the parents may be holding students back from achieving the well-rounded education that is necessary to push America into the future.
It is because of this concern that I, the undersigned, am writing to you. It is never easy to voice an unpopular opinion, but sometimes the hardest things to say are the ones that need to be said the most. Thank you for promoting the advancement of science education. As a role model to a generation of science lovers, your support makes a difference.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: NASA Astrobiology Institute