THE Institute for Creation Research (ICR) wants some respect, and they want it now!
In the Dallas Morning News we read: Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research sues state over denial of its master’s program. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
The Institute for Creation Research has taken its fight to train future science teachers to the courthouse.
The Dallas-based creationist group alleges that its civil rights were violated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Last year, the state agency denied the institute permission to offer a master’s degree in science education, saying the program did not meet state academic standards.
Gotta love it! A degree in teaching creationism is a civil rights issue. Let’s read on:
Raymund Paredes, the state’s higher education commissioner, has said that the proposed master’s program would not prepare future educators to teach science standards in Texas public school classrooms.
That sounds reasonable. We continue:
Institute leaders have said they would teach both the creationist and evolutionist views, but that their group favors the former.
That’s all there is to the news story, but this article in the the Dallas Observer has what they say is a link to the 80-page complaint. It’s a big pdf file, and we can’t get the link to work for us. Maybe you’ll have better luck, because going through the court’s own site requires registration.
Addendum: Don’t bother with that. You can see all the documents filed in this case at the website of the National Center for Science Education: Institute for Creation Research Graduate School v. Paredes et al.
As we’ve reported before, there may be a legislative “solution” to the problem. It’s HB 2800: “Relating to exempting certain private nonprofit educational institutions from state regulation applicable to degree-granting institutions.” The bill was introduced by House member Leo Berman. It’s been sitting in the Public Education committee since 17 March. This bill would exempt institutions such as the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) from the jurisdiction of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. That board officially certifies the degrees offered by Texas colleges and universities; and the proposed exemption would allow ICR to grant a master’s degree in creationism. No companion bill in the Senate.
Texas has been great creationist theater this year. First it was their Board of Education, then it was (and still is) all the strange action in their legislature, summarized here. And now we have a court contest shaping up. Stay tuned to this blog!
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