Joined: Oct. 2009
Skeptic, on most of your points, I agree totally.
However, there is one major point that I think you may not have considered. Those 90% of the students that don't have critical thinking skills and no/little interest in learning will dominate the political landscape when they get to voting age.
At that point, we get people like McLeroy on the Texas School Board that both don't have any thinking skills AND are in a position to harm further education efforts.
You're right, there is no 'battle for science' in the sense that science will go away. But there is a battle for the education of science and the US is in trouble.
Ignored by those who can't provide evidence for their claims.