Discoveroids Praise the Texas Science Standards

As we reported in Texas Science Standards Are Now Revised, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) revised its standards for the state’s high school science curriculum. The Discovery Institute had been furiously lobbying to retain the creationist nonsense that they got inserted into the Texas science standards back in 2009 — see Texas Science Chainsaw Massacre: It’s Over.

The new standards made some trivial changes, which some regarded as a victory, but we didn’t see it like that. We said:

This represents a “victory” in the sense that the creationists on the SBOE budged a little bit. The standards are improved, but still sleazy. A creationist teacher can still go wild while teaching evolution. We expect an interesting response from the Discoveroids.

The Discoveroids’ reaction has just been posted at their creationist blog: Despite Reports to the Contrary, Texas Preserves Language Calling for Critical Analysis of Evolution. It has no author’s by-line. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

On Friday, the Texas State Board of Education adopted streamlined science standards that preserve language calling for critical analysis of evolution. You wouldn’t know that fact from media coverage of the vote. A number of media outlets wrongly reported that the Board had dropped requirements for evolution to be critically examined in the classroom.

They quote Sarah Chaffee, Program Officer in Education and Public Policy at Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture (“Savvy Sarah” to us), who remarked:

This vote marked an important achievement for Texans. The Board of Education decided to retain the requirement that students “analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations” in biology study. They also retained the call for critical inquiry on such topics as the origin of DNA — life’s code — the intricacies of the cell, natural selection, and other subjects relating to biodiversity and evolution. This ignites wonder, learning, and the excitement about objective investigation that is a hallmark of outstanding science education.

Most of the Discoveroid post gives the text of the new standards. You can click over there to read that if you like, but here’s what they say about it:

This language authorizes teachers to present mainstream scientific evidence both for and against [Huh?] evolutionary theory.

Isn’t that wonderful? Although there may have been some subtle changes the Discoveroids didn’t like, they appear pleased that they’ve preserved most of what they achieved back in 2009. The kiddies in Texas can continue to learn the evidence against evolution, which those wicked Darwinists have tried to keep hidden.

The bottom line is this: Texas is a creationist state, and their education officials generally do what the Discoveroids want them to do. Yes, the standards may not be quite as bad as they were, but they’re still bad — and the Discoveroids are delighted.

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4 responses to “Discoveroids Praise the Texas Science Standards

  1. Well that will be easy…here is the facts of evilution, now for the evidence against that would be…..growing silence!

  2. So students are supposed to “analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations.” I’ve always wanted to know what sort of analyses or critiques do the students come up with? Are they supposed to make lists of pro’s and con’s? Where do they get the information and what, if anything, do the textbooks say that is against evolution? Where do the students get the “con’s” from? Do they make stuff up, or does the teacher? Or is the “critique” that “science says this but many people believe the opposite?” How is this analysis/criticism supposed to work? What might the standards be, or are there none? Inquiring minds want to know!

  3. Ceteris Paribus

    @Ted:
    The answer to your questions re: student analyses/critiques is likely very straight forward. Following the most recent advances in education, the Texas students will simply open their ubiquitous cell phones, and push either the “like” or “dislike” button. Class dismissed.

  4. The last thing creationists really want is for evolution to be “critically examined.” They only want it criticized, not honestly and competently examined. And they certainly don’t want any such examination of their own ideas.