As we said in our last post on this topic, Lucifer Laughs in Louisiana, although an advisory committee has recommended approval of certain pro-evolution science texts for use in public schools, the final decision will be made by the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).
More controversy is expected when Louisiana’s top school board decides whether to approve high school science textbooks next month, officials on both sides of the issue said Monday morning.
“I don’t think there is any way that it will not be controversial,” said Jim Garvey of Mandeville, vice-president elect of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, also known as BESE.
Great! How can we maintain this humble blog unless there are stupid people who do stupid things that we can write about? Let’s read on:
A state advisory panel on Friday voted 8-4 to endorse a variety of high school science textbooks despite complaints over how they describe evolution. BESE is set to make a final decision when it meets Dec. 7-9.
Decisions, decisions. Will they teach science or anti-science? How is a Louisiana political appointee supposed to deal with such things? We continue:
Ian Binns, an assistant professor of science education at LSU, said he plans to attend the BESE meetings to show support for the textbooks. “I want to make sure we are teaching science in the classroom appropriately,” Binns said.
Wow! Barbara Forrest isn’t the only voice of reason in that state. There seems to be one other. This is a pleasant surprise. Here’s more:
But Lennie Ditoro, who lives in Mandeville, also plans to be on hand to renew her criticism of what she sees as flaws in the books. Ditoro, who has worked with the Louisiana Family Forum, said the textbooks omit information that needs to be discussed in high school classrooms.
Critics argue that this year’s proposed list put too much credence in Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Yes, we know about the Louisiana Family Forum. They feel that it’s bad for “family values” if science books teach science. That would lead the little children into a life of sin. Remember: The family that drools together stays together.
One more excerpt:
Penny Dastugue of Mandeville, president-elect of BESE, said today she thinks the 11-member panel will approve the textbooks next month.
Maybe, but not without a fight. The forces of stupid will be there with torches and pitchforks. The BESE people are gonna be screaming and throwing chairs at each other. Verily, this will be a meeting to remember.
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