I ran across the statistic that 70% of Americans do not have a college degree. Cited in the article is a 2007 article called “Scientific Literacy: How Do American’s Stack Up?” .Playing loose with the significant figures, 70% of Americans are not scientifically literate. For the record, I’m sure the 70% of uneducated Americans and the 70% of non scientifically literate Americans aren’t exactly the same population. But I do expect the Venn diagram to house a lot of the same people in the overlapping sections since it is so easy for me to relate those two numbers.
I’ve been thinking about subjects like Evolution which are still very important to me due to the debate that shouldn’t be necessary. In addition to science, history, and critical thinking skills seem to be in jeopardy when such a large portion of people aren’t encouraged to think academically and rigorously. So now I’m wondering if there’s a way to make these values more important and more accessible to the people who didn’t get them in college. I imagine even a growth of 20% of educated people would be a significant zeitgeist shift because some amount of non-educated people still values science and critical thinking.
I haven’t been able to get this stat out of my head since I stumbled on it last week. It plays repeatedly with horrific consequences. Education tends to open up twice the salary but I know that hasn’t been the case for everyone. The other thing is higher education is a place to learn the same values of debate and research and critical thinking.
I think education is one of those uber valuable things like water. And we as a society need to find a way to make it essentially free to the people who would take advantage of such education and back up the people that do with child support and books and such. An easy way to compete on the global scale would be to train a more adaptable and more profitable workforce. I like the fact that I out earn a lot of people because the economic hard times aren’t so hard. Now I want to riddle out a way in which I’m not the only one getting these privileges.