I’m halfway into the first Chapter of Sam’s enlightening new book The Moral Landscape. I’m a slow reader and the concepts at hand require time to digest. I need to unload some thoughts and I figured this is the best place.
Simply from the premise Sam has introduced I see the need for action. He is correct in his assertion that science can and must offer the world a superior morality and value system. If we are to introduce and ingrain this concept around the world we must begin here at home in the U.S.
To reach our population with the concept, scientific morality will have to be taught in public school classrooms. As Christopher Hitchens has taught us, religion poisons everything. Especially the mind, which is why children at young ages must be exposed to science and scientific morality before religion gets a chance to take hold. Surely we would have
less secular intellectuals in our modern society if we weren’t exposed to the theory of evolution in gradeschool.
Anyone who has read Loewen’s Lies My Teacher Told Me or Zinn’s A Peoples History of the United States knows that public schools teach a boring, butchered, hideous, Republican form of history in our classrooms. This is shown to be true in many studies that show the more an American is educated the more likely he is to vote Democratic. Religion penetrates further into our education system than History unfortunately and Science is beaten back as well.
So how do we get Scientific Morality into the classrooms? We will need those capable of teaching it of course. The harder part would be getting into the curriculum itself. This branch of education will never be able to enter into curriculum through the Texas Board of Education, which dictates American textbooks. As many are aware the board is currently under neoconservative religious-fundamentalist domination. Atheist Texans under the Texas Constitution, Article I, Section 4 are ineligible to hold public office. Even if that law were found to be unconstitutional, Texas is generation’s away from secularists being able to partake in government as a majority. So any attempts to bring Scientific Morality into American education will have to be fought at the federal level through the DoE.
That’s all I’ve got for now. If anyone has any thoughts on this I’d love to hear them.