The elections for the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) are getting more crowded. Our last report on the overall situation was here: Texas State Board of Education Contests.
Today’s story is about the seat currently held by Ken Mercer, a raging creationist. See: Meet Ken Mercer. We’ve already written about one of his opponents, whom we like very much. See: Rebecca Bell-Metereau vs Ken Mercer. But there’s a lot of activity in that race on the Democrat side.
A 64-year-old Seguin mental health caseworker has thrown his hat into the ring as a candidate for the district 5 seat on the Texas State Board of Education. Robert Bohmfalk notified state Democratic Party officials that he would seek that party’s nomination to replace Republican Ken Mercer in the post.
We’re not sure how to pronounce that man’s name. Let’s read on:
To run against Mercer in the Nov. 2 general election, Bohmfalk will have to best a field of three opponents in his own party’s primary — Daniel Boone of Canyon Lake, Rebecca Bell-Metereau of San Marcos and Josiah Ingalls of Austin.
Wow! In order to run against Mercer, Rebecca needs to win the Democrat nomination in a contest against Daniel Boone, Josiah Ingalls, and now Robert Bohmfalk — the candidate whose name we dare not speak. The story continues:
Bohmfalk has testified a number of times since the mid-1970s at the State Board of Education’s textbook hearings. “What I’m looking for is not so much what is in the textbooks, but what is not,” Bohmfalk said. “I believe teachers should teach sound science, true history, and in reducing teenage pregnancy and the dropout rate.”
They all say things like “sound science” and “true history,” but in Texas those terms can mean very different things, depending on whose version we’re talking about. As for teenage pregnancy, we suspect that phenomenon is entirely beyond Mr. Bohmfalk’s control. Here’s more:
He was a United Methodist minister for 15 years, and has worked with Mental Health/Mental Retardation clients since 1988 — as a mental health case manager since 2005.
Interesting background, but is that what the SBOE needs right now? Moving along:
Bohmfalk believes he could make a difference and improve communication among members if elected to the state board, which has become well-known for conflicts between factions divided over questions such as evolution and creationism.
What does that mean? We don’t think the SBOE’s problems are due to a lack of conflict management. Rather, it’s because a majority of the Board are full-blown creationists. Another excerpt:
“I hope to bring a different point of view and bring respect back into the discussions,” Bohmfalk said Thursday. “I would like to bring peace to the board and get the two sides talking to one another.”
This strikes us as pure blather. He’s either a creationist or he’s not. Which is it? One last excerpt:
He also supports girls-only math classes.
What is going on in Texas?
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