THERE’S GOOD NEWS in the seemingly endless war against the forces of foolishness. As reported in the Dallas Morning News we read: Texas higher education board rejects ‘creation science’ degree proposal. Excerpts:
A bid by the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research to train future science teachers — focusing on creationism instead of Darwin’s theory of evolution — was flatly rejected by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board members on Wednesday.
Citing the group’s teaching of creationism rather than evolution in its science curriculum, Dr. Paredes [Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes] said it was clear the school would not adequately prepare its graduates to teach the scientific principles now required in Texas public schools.
“Evolution is such a fundamental principle of contemporary science it is hard to imagine how you could cover the various fields of science without giving it [evolution] the proper attention it deserves as a foundation of science,” he said.
“Religious belief is not science. Science and religious belief are surely reconcilable, but they are not the same thing.”
In explaining his recommendation, Dr. Paredes cited the institute’s general catalog, which states: “All things in the universe were created and made by God in the six literal days of the creation week described in Genesis. The creation record is factual, historical and perspicuous; thus all theories of origin and development that involve evolution in any form are false.”
Therefore, the commissioner said, the proposed ICR program “in insisting on a literal interpretation of biblical creation, gives insufficient coverage to conventional science and does not adequately prepare students in the field of science education.”
If only some of this sensible behavior would somehow spill over into Florida …
[We earlier reported on this matter here: Will Texas Approve a Degree in Creation Science?]