Poll: Large Number Of Texans Doubt The Theory Of Evolution, Believe In Human-Dinosaur Coexistence

Poll: Large Number Of Texans Doubt The Theory Of Evolution, Believe...

A new University of Texas/Texas Tribune survey shows just how destructive a politicized right-wing curriculum can be. A large number
of Texans polled said they still don’t believe in evolution and are convinced that humans and dinosaurs co-existed:

51 percent disagree with the statement, “Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals.”

38 percent agree with the statement, “God created human beings pretty much in their present form about 10,000 years ago.”

30 percent agree with the statement, “Humans and dinosaurs lived at the same time.” Another 30 percent said they “don’t know” whether the statement is true.

Texas Poll

Refusing to believe in evolution is a point of pride for many conservatives, who are also trying to indoctrinate young people with their same misguided views. The right-wing Texas State Board of Education has been reviewing the direction of the state’s social studies curriculum and textbook standards. Some of their changes include adding
“causes and key organizations and individuals of the conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s,” “documents that supported Cold War-era Sen. Joseph McCarthy,” and how to “differentiate between legal and illegal immigration.”

In terms of textbook standards, as Texas goes, so goes the nation. The state “is one of the nation’s biggest buyers of textbooks.”
Publishers are often “reluctant to produce different versions of the
same material,” and therefore create books in line with Texas’
standards.

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/02/19/texas-evolution/

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Comment by Matthew on February 20, 2010 at 11:48am
wow! the state of education is declining fast isnt it. So does this mean they are going to teach Alchemy with Chemistry? Or Astrology with Astronomy? Numerology with Calculas?
Comment by Wesley on February 20, 2010 at 11:54am
If you have a yahoo account , here's a great group to post any questions about evolution in. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DebunkCreation/
Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on February 20, 2010 at 3:04pm
The headlines will soon read:
"Large number of Texans unable to find work"
All those EDUCATED immigrants are being hired instead of backward-ass intellectual inbreds.
Comment by Shine on February 20, 2010 at 3:40pm
Ignorance in Texas is only rivaled by arrogance.

(Apologies to any Texans reading this; please let me continue to live in your state. I really like the BBQ.)
Comment by Graham E. Lau on February 22, 2010 at 4:28am
I feel bad for the Texan children who will be held back from discovering how much we as a species know about the universe because it goes against their parents' beliefs. I hope Texas sees a turnaround before it gets too much worse.
Comment by Pinko Commie on February 22, 2010 at 9:34am
And people wonder why I moved the hell out of Texas when I found out I was pregnant. I don't care how beautiful Corpus Christi is, I would never subject my kid to that effed up school system. Shine is totally right on about the BBQ though, it's like magic covered in delicious smokey sauce.

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