After the State of the Union address last night, everyone is talking about how best to spend tax dollars. So it seems appropriate to bring this into the conversation. Slate published a critical interactive map this week showing schools that allow the teaching of creationism in their science classrooms while receiving public funding. It's a wake up call for how our tax money is potentially being spent to undermine our best efforts at creating competitive students and a well-educated, science-literate public. Check it out (click on the map to go to the graphic on Slate):
Schools that can teach creationism with public funds. Click the image for the full article and interactive graphic from Slate (Image courtesy of Slate)
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Kalliopi Monoyios is an independent science illustrator. She has illustrated several popular science books including Neil Shubin's Your Inner Fish and The Universe Within, and Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True. Find her at www.kalliopimonoyios.com.