You know the situation in Louisiana. As we’ve reported here, in about three weeks the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is going to decide whether to adopt solid, sensible biology textbooks which have already been recommended by an advisory committee, or whether they’ll take the route advocated by so many creationists in that state.
It’s creepy that BESE’s decision could go either way, but that’s how it is in Louisiana. As always, the struggle to preserve reason and competent science education is being waged almost alone by philosophy professor Barbara Forrest, a star witness for the winning side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. She is founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science.
In a praiseworthy attempt to encourage BESE to behave rationally, Barbara has posted It’s Thanksgiving — give thanks where it is due — and then act!, urging her Louisiana readers to politely contact their BESE members. She says:
[W]e need people right now to contact their representatives on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and ask them (nicely!) to do the right thing and vote to accept the ALREADY APPROVED biology textbooks on December 7, 2010.
Read Barbara’s entire post; then if you think you can help, please do as she asks. It might make a difference. (Then again, all attempts back in 2008 to influence Governor Jindal to veto the creationism-friendly “Louisiana Science Education Act” were futile. See our post about Barbara’s 2008 email campaign, and this follow-up.)
Don’t be discouraged, dear reader. It really is possible that BESE may behave more sensibly than Jindal did. His example isn’t a terribly difficult standard to exceed. But when you write to BESE, please remember to do as Barbara requests — be polite!
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