The great biology book blowout has finally been resolved. At least for now, Louisiana has somehow accepted the controversial concept that science books used in science classes in public schools should — gasp! — teach science and not religion. If you haven’t been following this story, you can go here for background information: Slime-Slinging Time.
Two days ago we reported that a Committee of Louisiana’s BESE OKs Biology Books. Today was the vote of the full board, and the creationists received a major setback.
Louisiana’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) met today and — wouldja believe it? — they formally approved the biology books that had been fanatically opposed by creationists — especially Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum.
This happened in a state where the legislature, back in 2008, almost unanimously passed the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “Academic Freedom” law — the Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”) — which was signed by their governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist.
We don’t have any news media stories yet, but the National Center for Science Education reports the results here: Biology textbooks approved in Louisiana; and Barbara Forrest also reports the result here: The students won in Louisiana today . . . and again! (Update 12/9/10).
So there you are — an unexpected, but entirely welcome conclusion to an absolutely ridiculous dispute.
Addendum: We don’t know how we failed to say this before, but it’s never too late. Credit for this goes almost entirely to Barbara Forrest. Without her leadership and scholarship, things wouldn’t have worked out as they did.
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