April 24, 2005

Is there hope for Texas?

Posted by Arcane Gazebo at April 24, 2005 4:07 PM

An interesting guest post at The Carpetbagger Report summarizes a recent Texas Monthly article on teaching evolution in that state. The article raises the concern that weak science education will result in Texas being uncompetitive in the biotechnology industry.

To those of us who follow this issue, the connection between science education and scientific innovation is pretty clear. However, it may be new to the Texas business community, which is populated by such long-view, big-picture thinkers as Ken Lay. (Of course, I do know some reality-based Texas businessmen; I don't mean to tar all of them with the Enron brush.) Morbo at Carpetbagger speculates that the pro-business wing of the Texas Republicans will end up opposing the religious wing on this issue—which would be good news, since business tends to win these battles.

I'm a little skeptical, since most pro-business Republicans seem ultra-focused on short-term profit. (See also: federal budget deficit.) Nevertheless, this article gives me a little bit of hope for Texas. And perhaps this will lead to other such revelations by Texas Republicans, such as "states that support stem-cell research will attract biotech firms", or "if we had any kind of environmental policy, Houston might not smell like ass".

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I've heard about Houson's smell from several people. :) Thankfully, I have no personal knowledge of it---I've only been to Austin and Dallas.

There should at least be hope for Austin...

Posted by: Mason | April 24, 2005 9:42 PM
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