The Anti-Science Movement in Advertising

[post suggested by UptheFlag]

A recent ad playing on TV seemingly attacks science and environmentalism taught in our public schools.  The children were told that they were going on a nature field trip.  They are on the bus showing no enthusiasm for a science and the nature field trip.  The teacher changes his coat and announces they were instead going to Toys”R”Us, and the kids get all excited and overjoyed, and run into the store littering everything.
The ad says things and plastic are more important than science and nature. It mocks the dedication of elementary and middle school science curriculum and teachers.   Why should we train science education teachers?  Why should children explore nature?  It’s boring is the message of the ad. Schools and voters are wasting time and tax money hiring science teachers.

Is this more of the”downward spiral”?

The Huffington Post criticized this ad as well: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-h-gleick/is-this-the-most-anti-science-anti-environmental-tv-ad-ever_b_4243454.html

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9 thoughts on “The Anti-Science Movement in Advertising

    1. Society, as you know, seemingly is less and less interested in science and science discoveries that a few decades ago. Recall how riveted we became during Sputnik and the Gemini and Apollo space missions. Mars Rover increased interest slightly, but do to the length between movements of the robot, ‘other things’ detract from following space science. Solar energy has had a bumpy road; chemical science is too heady. Medical science gets notice only when something outstanding appears on the nightly news [ or cable or Twitter]. Otherwise, life goes on in its mundane pattern with sports and alcohol along with inane TV/film nonsense.

      Science teachers are often not well equipped to teach in an interesting fashion [don’t we know that!!] and thereby do not instill the joy of learning in their pupils.

      Some adults had poor science experiences in school and pass on that prejudicial thinking to their children in both overt and subtle ways.

      Finally, there is the Christian fundamentalist anti-science agenda which affects millions of home-schooled and church-schooled children in our nation.

  1. Of course, I understand that, but isn’t that still a minority of the population.
    I am ignorant to an accurate percentage, but is the whole judged by these parts. Isnt that what your post was about onnew education concepts.?
    Sorry I forget the name of the person you referenced, began with a “P”.

  2. Maybe you and I refer to two different things. My comments above refer to the scientific illiteracy of the U.S.

    Author Daniel Pink suggests that right brain careers are the way of the future. Of course, right brained thinking is responsible for many of the current break-throughs in science. Ever think of ‘nanotrains’ delivering substances to exact locations within the body??

    1. What’s the cure? None. The curiosity for science is either in a person or it is not. The spark can get extinguished easily unless it is nurtured often. Down there where you are the fundies do a good job of extinguishing, don’t they?

  3. Um, what’s all that red on the Ohio 2010 and 2012 political map? Seems like the GOP Ohio Legislature and Governor has passed many laws that
    the fundies , as you say in MS, would support. Don’t worry what is going on
    in your backyard, worry about your own front yard.

    Don’t you think that you might be a little to negative? How about accepting
    mediocrity? I know for us purists that is difficult, but perhaps that better reflects reality. If we look at our former mother country, Great Britain, she
    has weathered similar political, economic, religious, and social disruptions
    since 1066. Historians call this “John Bull muddles through adversity.”
    We have a lot of muddling to do yet for a country not even 300 years old!

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