More From The Creationism Front, TX Edition

I've said it time and again...I can't believe this is still happening in 2013.

Alarm Bells Are Ringing: Creationists Get Influential Positions in ...

It looks like the Lone Star State’s reputation as a hotbed of anti-science fanaticism is about to be reinforced. At least six creationists/”intelligent design” proponents succeeded in getting invited to review high school biology textbooks that publishers have submitted for adoption in Texas this year. The State Board of Education (SBOE) will decide in November which textbooks to approve. Those textbooks could be in the state’s public school science classrooms for nearly a decade.

Among the six creationist reviewers are some of the nation’s leading opponents of teaching students that evolution is established, mainstream science and is overwhelmingly supported by well over a century of research. Creationists on the SBOE nominated those six plus five others also invited by the Texas Education Agency to serve on the biology review teams. We have been unable to determine what those other five reviewers think about evolution.

I think what get's my stress fur up about situations like this is that these are supposedly adult, educated individuals. Even in my own devout christian days I never subscribed to the bible as a literal account (of anything really). Why get into the education business at all?

Read the backgrounder on these individuals at the above link.On is even a member of the Discovery Institute. *Groan*

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Comment by Dr. Bob on August 1, 2013 at 2:55pm

Ugh.

I'd say you folks in Texas provide train-wreck type entertainment for the rest of us, except that we seem to be fighting this battle all across the land.

I had a state school board member tell me last month that the Next Generation Science Standards were objectionable because they didn't consider all the evidence that volcanoes are the real cause of global climate change.  "Well, they're so hot!"

Comment by SteveInCO on August 1, 2013 at 10:14pm

I'd invite them to review too.  I mean, what the hell.  It will take up their "valuable" time.  And who better to ferret out and find the substantive content?  Of course I would then pick the book they hated the most. *grin*

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