Texas Creationist School Board Election Results

[Update: This article is about the November 2008 elections. For results of the 02 March 2010 primary elections, see Texas SBOE: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly.]

HEY TEXAS! Get ready for the “science” of Noah’s Ark to be legally taught in your state’s biology classes. The global Flood is good for geology too. Young earth for history, of course. Perhaps even flat earth!

In Texas, where the Board of Education has been dominated by an anti-evolution, anti-science, pro-creationism clique, and creationist dentist, Don McLeroy is chairman, seven seats on the 15-member board were up for election. Pat Hardy, Mavis Knight, Laura Ewing, and Edra Bogle are the pro-science candidates we were rooting for.

In the Dallas Morning News we read State education board members out to early leads. Excerpts, with winners in bold:

Democrat Mary Helen Berlanga, the board’s longest-serving member, led Republican challenger Peter Johnston in the South Texas district she’s represented for 26 years. Berlanga has been a critic of intelligent design, a religious-based theory that purports the universe is too complex for science alone to explain.

Mavis Knight of Dallas, the other incumbent Democrat with a Republican challenger, led Duncanville school board member Cindy Werner.

Okay, that’s two pro-science members. However:

Republican David Bradley, first elected in 1996, led Friendswood city councilwoman Laura Ewing. Gail Lowe led her race with Democratic challenger and retired English professor Edra Bogle.

It looks like two creationists are winning there. Here’s the rest:

In other education board races, three incumbent Republicans without Democratic challengers had wide early leads over third-party challengers: Terri Leo of Spring, Barbara Cargill of The Woodlands and Patricia Hardy of Fort Worth.

Our guess (and we haven’t really studied all these candidates) is that things will essentially remain as they have been. That means Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist, is still running the Board of Education.

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One response to “Texas Creationist School Board Election Results

  1. “analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information.”

    This concept adopted by the current science standards has never prompted any teacher to teach about “Noah’s Ark” under the critical thinking standard.

    It’s the same language of strengths and weakness of evolution is what is being fought over now…

    You proponents of the elimination of strengths and weakness (critical thinking) of evolution have no logical reasoning beyond promoting fear and ridicule of what has been never taught in the schools under current Texas Standards.