Texas Science Education Under Attack…Again? Still?
My best friend handed me yesterday’s Houston Chronicle, with an op-ed piece by Lisa Falkenberg, “It’s Time for Education to Evolve”.
The school board is evolving. It has evolved from creationism, to creation science, to intelligent design, and now is swinging between ‘teaching the controversy’ and ‘teaching the strength and weaknesses’. Of particular concern to me is that many science teachers are now avoiding the topic of evolution altogether, whether out of ignorance of the subject, personal belief, or fear of recrimination from anti-science parents. A friend of mine, who has a degree in engineering from Colorado School of Mines, is a young-earth creationist, and sent her daughter to a Christian high school, in part to keep her sheltered from the evils of evolution and big-bang theory. (You know that Darwinism is the cause of teenage pregnancies, drug abuse, AIDS, and Enron, right?) How are these children supposed to excel in college and be the next generation to develop new drugs, design rockets and flying cars, grow more food, squeeze more energy out of diminishing resources? Who is going to provide my medical care when I’m 90?
I can’t add anything to Ms. Falkenberg’s excellent article, but here are some teasers:
..members like Mercer (a school board member from San Antonio) seem to suggest that, unless they can inject unfounded doubts about Darwin into the state curriculum, students will lose their ability to ask questions and exercise their critical thinking skills.
Andrew Ellington, a biochemistry professor at UT, says he located both his biotechnology companies in other states, in part because venture capitalists perceived the Lone Star State has having ‘a lax or backward educational climate.’
We have seen our future, and it is Kansas.