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01-12-2016, 09:52 AM
Hope for the future
So this last semester I taught an advanced lab for chemistry majors and yesterday I had a pizza party for them. I don't openly discuss my politics with students, but yesterday the students got talking about politics and issues during the party. They commented about how incredible it is that a climate change denier was named head of the EPA transition team. From their conversation, it was clear they all believed anthropogenic climate change was real which I guess shouldn't be surprising for science majors, but it was certainly gratifying that science majors believed the science. Another student commented "can you believe Ben Carson is a young earth creationist", to which two students answered "what is a young earth creationist?" (i.e, they had not even heard of the bullshit). Finally, a student said "I hope our generation learns from this election and gets out and votes". I don't know how representative my lab was of U.S. students, but if they are as progressive as my students, I have renewed hope for the future.
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01-12-2016, 07:33 PM
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(01-12-2016 09:52 AM)Iñigo Wrote:  So this last semester I taught an advanced lab for chemistry majors and yesterday I had a pizza party for them. I don't openly discuss my politics with students, but yesterday the students got talking about politics and issues during the party. They commented about how incredible it is that a climate change denier was named head of the EPA transition team. From their conversation, it was clear they all believed anthropogenic climate change was real which I guess shouldn't be surprising for science majors, but it was certainly gratifying that science majors believed the science. Another student commented "can you believe Ben Carson is a young earth creationist", to which two students answered "what is a young earth creationist?" (i.e, they had not even heard of the bullshit). Finally, a student said "I hope our generation learns from this election and gets out and votes". I don't know how representative my lab was of U.S. students, but if they are as progressive as my students, I have renewed hope for the future.

The issue is, it's a class of intelligent science majors. Of course they're not going to be young earth creationists or climate change denies, if they were they wouldn't be doing a science major they'd be doing an arts major or some other bullshit degree.

To quote Charles Bukowski, "The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence.".

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01-12-2016, 11:50 PM (This post was last modified: 02-12-2016 12:10 AM by Szuchow.)
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Sample is too small to make that hope reasonable I think. Also who knows how their stance on other important issues looks like - higher education does not make one immune to extremism or populism.

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02-12-2016, 12:09 AM
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