From the things we probably could do without file, state Sen. Dennis Baxley, a Republican from Ocala, has filed legislation that would require public schools to teach “balanced” views on global climate change and evolution. Given the state of public education in Florida these days, the distraction this law would create isn’t needed — even if views of many of the people who teach science in Florida schools are just as rigid and dismissive as those who criticize them.
We consider Sen. Baxley’s bill unhelpful because our public schools are having a hard-enough job teaching students such basics as reading and basic math. One of the causes of this problem is that decades ago people decided to make schools the place where we try to correct many of society’s ills. As nobly intended as this might have been, the evidence suggests we’re not doing much to reduce the ills and educational performance continues to lag and the cost of running schools keeps growing.
We know we’re never going to go back to the school experience, but that doesn’t mean adding more distractions is a good idea.
Kind of rosy
We haven’t been a fan of President Donald Trump’s tariffs and related actions regarding foreign trade because they threaten to undo the economic good the president’s tax rate cuts and reduction in overly burdensome regulations have done. Still, even we had to chuckle at an article in the Jan. 30 New York Times that said that the president’s take on the strength of the economy is too rosy. The ink on that was barely dry when the Labor Department reported that the country, the government shutdown notwithstanding, added 213,000 jobs in January, well above the 178,000 analysts were predicting. We’d call that pretty rosy.