posted on Jun, 3 2005 @ 04:37 PM
I think your source is actually an op/ed piece. MSNBC put it in its "Between The Headlines" section. I think this article should be addressed, but
more in the op/ed segment of ATSNN, or else in Current Events.
As to it effecting a student's ability to get a prom date, since when have the brainy, scientific minds in high school been the popular kids? Science
and math have had a stigma in the schools for a while. If you excel at those, you're a nerd. If you excel at football, you're a popular jock.
I can definately see how this may make for uncomfortable times in social situations, though. Science has been moving into the political battleground,
but this is not what science is supposed to be about. Science is simply studying and understanding the world around us. I place the blame for this
both on the scientists and politicians. Any time a group of scientists get together and make a political statement (the petition of scientists against
President Bush, for example) they, too, politicize their field.