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Letter: Understanding science is critical to our lives

(Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology, and Industry for National Defense via Xinhua | The Associated Press) This artist's rendering provided to China's Xinhua News Agency on Aug. 23, 2016, by the lunar probe and space project center of Chinese State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defense, shows a concept design for the Chinese Mars 2020 rover and lander. The year 2020 promises to be a big one for China's space program. The country plans to send its first probe to Mars and complete a homegrown global navigation network.

Every Sunday morning I insist on starting the day by reading the opinion section of the Salt Lake Tribune. This past Sunday I read an usually cogent and timely commentary by Gregory A. Clark. It is well-reasoned and substantive and should be a credo for any teacher in our public school system.

The proper understanding of science and its methods is critical to all aspects of our lives and is often undermined by those who would teach that religious belief somehow supersedes the contributions of science to our logic and understanding.

Clark clearly shows us what science is and what it is not in order to help teachers maintain a proper perspective as they expose their students to the critical role of science in our lives. Hopefully, many of them will decide to go on and make scientific contributions of their own.

David Weight, Provo

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