Academia in the Closet on Texas Creationism

YOU are all aware of the important campaign for a seat on the Texas State Board of Education. In District 5, the creationist-theocrat incumbent, Ken “Cat-Dog” Mercer (a cat-dog is his idea of evolution) is being challenged by Rebecca Bell-Metereau. We’ve written about this race a time or two before. See, e.g., Beauty & the Beast.

There’s a publication calling itself the Chronicle of Higher Education with an article about that contest which might be worth reading — but you can’t read it. You’re not classy enough. The Chronicle describes itself as:

… the No. 1 source of news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty members and administrators. … and is the top destination for news, advice, and jobs for people in academe.

Well, that’s all very nice, but we can’t read their articles without registration, and for most of us that’s sufficiently annoying that we simply don’t bother. Ordinarily we don’t care about that sort of thing. Let the academics chat among themselves if that’s what they want. We respect their privacy.

But today they have an article that should be of interest far beyond their ivory tower. The best we can do is show you the few scraps that the Chronicle has tossed our way.

We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts available to the general public from an article titled A Professor-Politician Stumps for Votes in Texas. We’re grateful that the subtitle is visible without registration: “An English scholar campaigns for a seat on the controversial state education board.”

Here’s the rest — what little can be seen, with bold font added by us:

Rebecca Bell-Metereau was troubled when she read that the State Board of Education had introduced questions about the validity of evolution in its revisions of Texas’ pre-college science curriculum.

You can see what we mean when we say that this article deserves wider readership — but that’s not going to happen. There’s only a little more that’s freely visible:

She was even more disturbed when her district’s representative wrote, in a newspaper editorial, that the board had given a group of schoolteachers a “well-deserved spanking” when it rejected an English review committee’s proposed curriculum.

Intrigued? Let’s go on to the next paragraph:

As an English professor at Texas State —

That’s all there is. After that the Chronicle‘s website says: This is an article for subscribers only.

Well, okay. We’re not only for free speech, but also for property rights. If the Chronicle chooses to conceal this article from the general public, that’s up to them. We, however, have our rights too, and this is what your Curmudgeon thinks of the Chronicle:

You people are behaving like a bunch o’ maroons! If you think it’s important for Rebecca to be elected, thus purging the Texas SBOE of the theocracy and creationism promoted by her opponent, Cat-Dog Mercer, then why don’t you say so out in the open? Keep your other shop-talk private if you wish, but let this article be freely read and copied. For a bunch of educated people, you’re behaving — in this instance — as if you have no brains at all.

That’s it. End of rant. We hope we haven’t embarrassed Rebecca.

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3 responses to “Academia in the Closet on Texas Creationism

  1. retiredsciguy

    Here’s hoping Rebecca picks up on this and has a word with the Chronicle.

    Shades of when the academics communicated with each other only in Latin.

  2. retiredsciguy says:

    Here’s hoping Rebecca picks up on this and has a word with the Chronicle.

    If it’s any good, it might be worth while if they let her put a copy on her website. On the other hand, maybe it’s too elitist for Texas. It’s a judgment call.

  3. Gabriel Hanna

    Any university, community college, or library probably has a subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education…