I don't mean for my blog to become a battleground attacking Bill Nye. It's just that I blog a lot about creation and Nye happens to be championing evolution right now. He's especially nasty about it too. Consequently, he's become an icon for a lot of my criticisms. I just thought I'd say that before I write another post about Nye.
Anyway, Bill Nye said in an interview that he was concerned about the effect creationism has on education. In his own words...
[T]here are more people in the world — another billion people all trying to use the world’s resources. And the threat and consequences of climate change are more serious than ever, so we need as many people engaged in how we’re going to deal with that as possible. And we have an increasingly technologically sophisticated society. We are able to feed these 7.2 billion people because of our extraordinary agricultural technology. If we have a society that’s increasingly dependent on these technologies, with a smaller and smaller fraction of that society who actually understands how any of it works, that is a formula for disaster.... My biggest concern about creationist kids is that they’re compelled to suppress their common sense, to suppress their critical thinking skills at a time in human history when we need them more than ever.... There are just things about evolution that we should all be aware of, the way we’re aware of where electricity comes from, or that you have cells with mitochondria.
There are several problems I see with Nye's argument. I've said before that evolution is a trivial pursuit; it contributes nothing to the advancement of technology or medicine or any life improving invention. A better understanding of evolution would not contribute one tiny bit to finding alternative sources of fuel or building clean burning engines or any type of technology that Nye believes will save the planet.
Also, I don't believe Nye can establish a causal link between believing creation and lower academic performance. It's a tired scare tactic used by evolutionists to claim that kids can't understand science if they believe creation yet they have nothing beyond their flapping gums to support this claim. In fact, a case could be made for the opposite; kids who are home-schooled or who attend private, Christian schools – places where creation is more likely to be taught – generally perform better on standardized tests than kids in public schools where creation is not taught.
But if Nye really wants to better prepare kids to contribute to society, evolution would be very low on the list of where education needs improvement. Here's a short video you might find interesting:
I've seen dozens of videos just like this one – videos where kids can't answer basic questions about science or politics or geography or history. According to Wikipedia, “the "average" American reads at a 7th or 8th grade level which is also consistent with recommendations, guidelines, and norms of readability for medication directions, product information, and popular fiction.”
If Nye were truly worried about preparing kids for the future, he would be alarmed by the fact that they can't read! But no, he thinks we need to devote more energy and resources to teaching them evolution! I truly believe Nye is more interested in indoctrinating kids rather than educating them.