THERE ISN’T much news today regarding the anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism science education standards in Texas. As you know, the Texas Board of Education, chaired by creationist dentist Don McLeroy, is conducting hearings about keeping the creationism-friendly “strengths and weaknesses” language in the state’s current standards.
Of everything we’ve seen, your Curmudgeon has found only one item worth reporting. The Austin American-Statesman has this editorial: State board of education poised to embarrass Texas again, subtitled: “Board requires attacks on evolution fo [sic] Texas public school students.”
Here are a few excerpts, with bold added by us:
Once again Texas is poised to court national disgrace because of the State Board of Education and the anti-evolution agenda of some of its members.
A debate is raging over a state board requirement that students be taught the strengths and weaknesses of scientific theories as early as middle school. That “strengths and weaknesses” language is a way to attack evolution and clear the path for religious doctrines like creationism and intelligent design to be taught.
They seem to have a good understanding of the situation. Let’s skip down to the end:
Evolution is proven, accepted science, and requiring teachers to attack it in middle school and high school is a dreadful policy that perverts science education.
Well said. This is the final paragraph:
Texas lawmakers need to defang this board before it does permanent harm to public education.
What are the chances of that happening?
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