In The New American magazine, which says it’s published twice a month, we found this item: Texas School Board Debates Adding Books With Alternatives to Evolution. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Because the school district does not have the finances to purchase new textbooks, the board is examining the standards of science e-books. The electronic sources would be used alongside the textbooks.
Nothing wrong about a little frugality, but there’s more to the story. The New American then quotes a newspaper (with a link that doesn’t work) and they claim that it says:
Although science materials for several grades are up for consideration, most of the debate is expected to center on high school biology books and their coverage of evolution. [Hee hee!] The board’s social conservative bloc has been adamant that the e-books present both the evidence for and against key principles of Darwin — and a conservative think tank that has pushed for critical analysis of Darwin’s theories [Who could that be?] is arguing that the e-books generally fail to cover all sides of the various issues.
Sounds like old times! After that The New American tells us:
Supplemental materials recommended by Education Commissioner Robert Scott do not adequately address “alternatives to evolution,” note some conservatives. [Scott must be one of those hell-bound Darwinists!] As currently none of the books being considered includes creationism, voting against the recommended reading materials would be viewed as a victory in the effort to include evolution alternatives in science education.
Gotta have those evolution alternatives! The story continues:
Thus far, six of the 15 members on the school board have asserted that “intelligent design” has a place in the curriculum. [That’s nine sane people and six droolers!] Leading the school board is Chairwoman Barbara Cargill, a former biology teacher who refutes the theory of evolution. Proudly one of the most conservative members on the board, Cargill observed, “Right now there are six true conservative Christians on the board [Ooooooooooooh! They’re true!], so we have to fight for two votes.”
The woman is obviously a genius. Let’s read on:
By the end of the day today, the school board will vote on which materials to adopt. If the supplemental materials recommended by Education Commissioner Robert Scott are rejected, the vote will be a victory for the conservatives.
Who will win the vote — Scott or the droolers? Here’s one last excerpt:
Regardless of which e-books are adopted, the school districts are not required to purchase them; however, a majority of districts are expected to do so, as the e-books will likely help schools reach achievement requirements on standardized tests.
Oh wait — this is at the end:
(For an update on the board’s decision, click here.)
But their link doesn’t go anywhere, so maybe we’ll never know how things work out in Texas. If you learn how the drama ends, dear reader, please let us know.
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