THERE hasn’t been much news lately out of Texas about their evolution controversy, but Fox News has this story: Texas Debate Over Evolution Curriculum Could Affect Nation’s Textbooks. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
A battle is brewing in Texas that could change the nation’s science textbooks and the way evolution is taught in school.
The State Board of Education is now conducting a formal review of standards it uses in its science curriculum after the board voted in January to drop a 20-year-old mandate that science teachers address both “strengths and weaknesses” of the theory of evolution.
That mandate was a compromise between religious conservatives who question evolution and scientists who embrace it. Federal courts have ruled against forcing the teaching of creationism and the similar theory of intelligent design.
Gotta love Fox News for saying “creationism and the similar theory of intelligent design.” Let’s read on:
The reversal of the mandate prompted the education board’s Republican chairman, Don McLeroy, to tack on an amendment to the preliminary draft, essentially restoring the requirement.
We wrote about that bit of trickery here: Texas Education Chainsaw Massacre. On with the Fox story:
“I have a problem with those who say there’s no weaknesses to evolution,” McLeroy told FOX News.
Ah yes, Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist. We continue:
Kathy Miller, president of the watchdog group Texas Freedom Network, has argued that the word weaknesses “has become a code word in the culture wars to attack evolution and promote creationism.”
The final vote on the new standards will come later this month.
“Anything can happen in the final vote,” said Miller. “The board can vote to go back to the old standards with strengths and weaknesses in them. The board can vote to eliminate the amendments that Chairman McLeroy forced into the curriculum standards. Virtually any change can be made.“
It’s a wild, wide-open situation. Moving along:
The significance of the Texas ruling could impact textbooks nationwide. Since Texas is the second largest consumer of textbooks in the U.S., publishers often create a book that meets Texas standards and then sell the same version to school districts across the country.
That depends. Other states might refuse to buy creationist textbooks. We don’t know what would happen. On with the article:
McLeroy said he hopes to see the original language restored in the final vote.
There’s never been any doubt where McLeroy stands. For an insight from his own writing at his personal website, see: Texas Anti-Evolution Debate: Pure Creationism.
And now we come to the end of the Fox article:
“I want to see the United States keep its scientific edge,” he [McLeroy] said. “And I think the way you do that is by being honest with the kids, you teach them the science, you show them the weaknesses and strengths.“
Creationists always say things like that, but everyone knows what they mean. Science is the last thing McLeroy wants taught in Texas schools. The man’s a full-blown theocrat.
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