Coming back to the age of the earth: Does it matter? No, says Mr. Rubio, pronouncing it “a dispute amongst theologians” — what about the geologists? — that has “has nothing to do with the gross domestic product or economic growth of the United States.” But he couldn’t be more wrong.
We are, after all, living in an era when science plays a crucial economic role. How are we going to search effectively for natural resources if schools trying to teach modern geology must give equal time to claims that the world is only 6.000 years old? How are we going to stay competitive in biotechnology if biology classes avoid any material that might offend creationists?The only solution is to keep education out of the political arena. If we keep government out of the education system and allow freedom, parents can send their children to whatever school they want. If some students are sent to schools that teach that the world is only 6,000 years old, then those students, perhaps, may not become the best geologists. On the other hand, parents who send their children to schools that teach a more scientific view of the age of the planet, may very well include students that will become the next finders of the next great pools of oil.
The point is that freedom allows for many views to be explored and taught, where as government education is about political limitations to thought. No master politically driven decider, such as Rubio, is needed when freedom is the rule.
In a politically driven education system, it will be majority rule and thus limiting of those who hold minority views. Or, it may be court intellectuals chosen by the political elite, who decide, which, of course, will result in a education that is bias toward views favoring the expansion of government. (See the court economists and their apologies for Keynesian economics, for example).
Only education, cut from government influence, will provide exploration of many views. And, it is always debate and the freedom to explore any views that ultimately advances society, rather than views limited by the dictates of the state.