Thomas Friedman has used his New York Times Op-Ed column to talk about science and technology policy the last two Fridays. Today he deals with education, in particular Bill Gates\u2019s recent pronouncement that American high-schools are obsolete. Friedman writes:\n\nLet me translate Mr. Gates\u2019s words: "If we don\u2019t fix American education, I will not be able to hire your kids." I consider that, well, kind of important. Alas, the media squeezed a few mentions of it between breaks in the Michael Jackson trial. But neither Tom DeLay nor Bill Frist called a late-night session of Congress\u2014or even a daytime one\u2014to discuss what Mr. Gates was saying. They were too busy pandering to those Americans who don\u2019t even believe in evolution.\n\nI\u2019m excerpting this section primarily because it gives me the opportunity to say something that has been pent up inside me for a while now. How can we possibly expect our science education system to be world class when we refuse to teach evolution, which is only the core tenet of biology? OK, now back to a rational discussion of the article.\n\n\n\nFriedman mentions the competition from India and China, the importance of innovation to sustaining long-term economic prosperity, and concludes with the following:\n\nIndia and China know they can\u2019t just depend on low wages, so they are racing us to the top, not the bottom. Producing a comprehensive U.S. response\u2014encompassing immigration, intellectual property law and educational policy\u2014to focus on developing our talent in a flat world is a big idea worthy of a presidency. But it would also require Mr. Bush to do something he has never done: Ask Americans to do something hard.\n\nIt\u2019s great to have someone with Friedman\u2019s profile making the connection between technology, education, innovation and our economic welfare. I love writing this blog and reading the e-mails and comments I get from all of you. But, to fall back on an overused metaphor, we\u2019re the choir. Millions of people read Friedman; hopefully they\u2019ll hear the message.