That is very true. Unfortunately, there are conservatives that would love to cut science funding at all levels, including research and college teaching. There are some Creationsist/evolution threads where this really comes out. Have to get rid of the liberals science professors that teach evolution. We need to change science to fit religion.
My point is that kids get turned off of science by the 'rap' and 'hip-hop' type mentality and by the religious zealots that see it as a threat to the morality of our nation. I'm glad to see that the pentagon understands this threat to national security and has formulated a counter strategy. I just hope sceince education is not further eroded by both the etreme left and right.