re: #5 Robert O.
You make a very good point about China. I’d like to add that there are many other countries, in addition to China, that are catching up to us. For all I know, in some areas, they may be moving ahead of us. For years, stem-cell research has flourished in other countries, while the religious right fought it here. Iran (or whoever may have helped them) knew enough to bring down our drone, which they’re now studying. Israel’s Stuxnet virus gives us a glimpse of the cyberwar we may face in the future. America cannot afford to undermine any of its advancements in science, and especially cannot afford to undermine the science education of its children. The world is not standing still.