ONCE AGAIN, reason has prevailed against the forces of darkness. As we’ve reported earlier, the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), probably the granddaddy of all creationism websites, was trying to get some goof-ball “degree” they offer to be approved by the education authorities in Texas. Actually, the ICR creationist website offers what they call a “master’s degree in science education” and they wanted their collection of nonsense to be officially recognized as a legitimate teaching credential.
The saddest part of all this is that the creationists probably don’t grasp how foolish they are. They’ve now been dealt a double-whammy. As reported by Eugenie Scott’s National Center for Science Education in this article: ICR fails to obtain certification in Texas:
At its April 24, 2008, meeting, the Texas Higher Education Coordination Board unanimously voted to deny the Institute for Creation Research’s request for a state certificate of authority to offer a master’s degree in science education through its graduate school, recently relocated to Texas … . The board’s vote accorded with a recommendation issued on April 23, 2008, by the board’s Academic Excellence and Research Committee, which in turn was based on a recommendation by Raymund Paredes, the Texas Commissioner of Higher Education.
From the Dallas Morning News, in this article: Texas higher education board rejects ‘creation science’ degree proposal, we learn:
Henry Morris III, chief executive officer of the institute [ICR], contended that the school would prepare students to “understand both sides of the scientific perspective, although we do favor the creationist view.”
After the adverse vote from several coordinating board members meeting as a committee, Mr. Morris said the institute may revise its application or take its case to court.
“We will pursue due process,” he told the board. “We will no doubt see you in the future.”
Good luck with that, Henry! The same article informs us:
In explaining his recommendation, Dr. Paredes [Texas Higher Education Commissioner] 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.”