Everyone remembers the 2009 Texas Science Chainsaw Massacre — a maniacal, theocratic freak-fest conducted by ideologues on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) then led by Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist. Their “hearings” on the state’s science standards were an elaborately staged show trial, with testimony from a panel of six “experts” that included three creationists.
Among those experts was Stephen C. Meyer, a key figure in the Sternberg peer review controversy. More importantly, Meyer is vice president of the Discovery Institute which runs the infamous Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
Things went so well in Texas that the Discoveroids were delighted with the outcome (see Discovery Institute: Their Victory in Texas). But what are they going to do with their victory?
We get a hint of the struggle that still lies ahead in a new article at the Discoveroids’ blog. It’s by Casey Luskin, everyone’s favorite creationist: Ken Miller’s Inaccurate and Biased Evolution Curriculum Intentionally Disregards Texas Science Standards. Casey says, with bold font added by us:
Last month, we issued a report [link omitted] which analyzed instructional materials from ten publishers that were proposed for use in Texas.
The Discoveroids issued a report? BWAHAHAHAHAHA!! Who’s gonna read it besides fools, frauds, freaks, and a woeful collection of retardates, idiots, and lunatics? Let’s read on:
The Pearson / Prentice Hall materials deserve some special attention not just because they call themselves “the nation’s leading education publisher,” but also because they are based upon Ken Miller’s biology textbook. Indeed, there is an interesting backstory here which should be told.
The Discoveroids don’t like Kenneth R. Miller. Not only is he a co-author of a widely-used textbook on biology, but — gasp! — he was an expert witness for the sane side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
What’s the “interesting backstory” Casey thinks should be told? It’s about the Discoveroids’ successful struggle to muck up the Texas science education standards. Casey reminds us that their work isn’t finished yet:
[The Texas SBOE] is currently considering adopting supplemental materials for biology instruction, materials which are supposed to fulfill those [new science standards].
What’s the problem? Casey explains:
As was the case with nearly all of the other proposed instructional materials, the Pearson / Prentice Hall materials do not encourage critique or meaningful evaluation and analysis of evolutionary claims … . [This] is not surprising, given that Pearson / Prentice Hall’s flagship high school biology textbook author Kenneth Miller publicly admitted that he did not plan to fulfill the intent of the [new Texas science standards].
This is an outrage! Even though Texas has perverted its science education standards, Miller is ignoring them and so is Miller’s publisher. Casey continues:
We have now received confirmation from Pearson / Prentice hall that the materials they submitted in Texas were in fact based upon Ken Miller’s curriculum. Given Miller’s stated goal to skirt “the intent” behind the [new science education standards], it comes as little surprise that the Pearson / Prentice Hall materials fail to adequately fulfill [those standards].
Casey then goes on at great length to give his critique of Miller’s textbook. We’re skipping all of it, but you can read Casey’s article if such things interest you.
That’s where we’re going to leave it for now, dear reader. But be aware that the Texas SBOE has a meeting scheduled for July 20, 21, and 22, 2011 , and the agenda includes the adoption of instructional materials.
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