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Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, 8:56 p.m.
 

Recently, U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., told an assembled crowd that he believes that evolution and the Big Bang Theory are “lies straight from the pit of hell.” Normally, this nonsense should be ignored; however, what caught me was that this congressman sits on the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

As a certified math and science teacher, I am appalled that a person who holds such beliefs is allowed to sit on a committee that makes decisions about science, space and technology. I am appalled that voters have actually elected a man like this to represent them in our government. I am appalled that with members of Congress holding views such as this, they will turn and point their fingers at teachers and blame us for our students' low tests scores when compared with other countries.

Other countries are not teaching creationist pseudoscience in their classrooms, are not attacking teachers who teach accepted science and do not have politicians openly denouncing science as “lies straight from the pit of hell” just to score political points.

If the American public is truly concerned with how our students score in math and science compared to other countries' students, they need to stop electing men like Rep. Broun and appointing them to positions that govern our policies on science, space and technology.

Bill Marx

Murrysville

The writer is assisting the Greater Latrobe School District with mathematics remediation on a yearlong AmeriCorps assignment.

 

 
 


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