Texas Science Education Hearing Set for Tomorrow…..
Steve Schafersman, who writes for the evolution blog Evo.Sphere on the website for the Houston Chronicle, will be in Austin tomorrow. He plans to cover in real time, beginning at 9AM, the Texas State Board of Education hearing on the Proposed Draft #2 of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science, particularly the Biology standards. You can read about it on his blog, or follow the links to the audio feed of the actual testimony at the Texas Education Agency’s website.
It is unfortunately too late for those interested to register to speak but many rational and science-based citizens of Texas, including Steve Schafersman, will be using their allotted three minutes to raise a voice of concern over wording that opens the door for creationism to be taught in our public schools.
“As you can see, slight differences in language and terms can make an enormous difference. If the proper terms and phrases aren’t used, anti-science Creationists will exploit the Texas science standards language and try to damage biology textbooks and biology classroom instruction. We must not let this happen. Otherwise, science education in Texas will suffer and we will not be teaching 21st Century science in the 21st Century.”
I couldn’t have said it any better.
For some balance, and a laugh, here is what the Discovery Institute’s Casey Luskin has to say on the matter in a November 14th post about imposing dogmatism in the Texas science standards. It’s part one in a series of three posts on the subject in case you need a humorous distraction from the failing American economy. Luskin appears to be very impressed with the number of total pages contained in the science standards reviews submitted by pro-Intelligent Design reviewers compared to those supporting science and reason in the teaching of our youth, seemingly making some kind of argument ad verbosity (argumentum verbosium?). I haven’t read the reviews but I can imagine that something along the lines of “I really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, can’t grasp how humans evolved randomly so we must have been created.” was involved.
“the Texas science community strongly rejects intelligent design and the so-called “weaknesses” of evolution. Further, a majority of Texas science faculty worry that dumbing down science curriculum is harmful to students’ future prospects for college and 21st-century jobs.”
Now if we can just get the students’ parents on board.