DALLAS – Students around the country already have suffered through textbooks with biblical creationism presented as an alternative to biological evolution, but thanks to new technology, students may soon have the ability to bypass entities like the Texas Board of Education, which sets the tone for textbooks across the U.S., in order to obtain factual information.
When Dutch scientists at the Kavli Institute of Nanoscience reported that they were able to reliably teleport information between two quantum bits, there was immediately speculation on the application of this new technology; advanced computers, new communication networks, potential for faster-than-light travel, and a litany of others.
One such intriguing application would be the ability to help remove creationist teachings from public schools.
“With this new technology, the potential is endless,” says Dr. Felix Christopher, a scientist who has vehemently campaigned against the teaching of creationism alongside actual science. “We could securely send information directly from accredited scientific resources into the textbooks of children who are unfortunate enough to go to school in a district that eschews science and reason.”
“This could change the game,” he adds. “The Texas Board of Education would have no power to indoctrinate students with invalid information.”
American science programs have taken a huge hit in recent years, falling to 23rd in the world. Nations including China, Vietnam, Ireland, and Poland are consistently outpacing U.S. students in science, as well as other subjects like reading and math.
“So long as students are subjected to watered-down science courses, we’ll never catch up to the rest of the developed world,” says Dr. Christopher. “Luckily, this technology could help get kids interested in science again, and the best part is that most of the creationist proponents would be too stupid to understand it or stop it’s spread. Basically, it could be the internet on steroids.”