Science Marches On . . . Even In Texas

Charles Darwin

Submitted by Gene Howington, Guest Blogger

Last Thursday, July 21, the Texas Board of Education in an 8-0 unanimous vote opted to keep teaching evolution in high school biology classes using approved scientifically accurate textbook supplements from established mainstream publishers. They did not approve of the creationist-backed supplements from International Databases, LLC. Four times as many people showed up to testify in favor of the scientifically accurate texts as showed up to oppose them.

Although a creationist member of the Board objected to the supplement from textbook publisher Holt McDougal by releasing  a list of Holt’s supposed errors involving evolution and common descent, the Board responded by noting that the list had not been signed off on by the Board of Education’s review panel in full.  The Board went on to approve the Hold McDougal supplement, but submitted it for review by Commissioner of Education Robert Scott to look at the supposed errors and suggest changes to the Holt McDougal supplement.  Local educators and the National Center for Science Education are confident any of Director Scott’s revisions will show the current state of evolutionary biology.  In a statement released by the NCSE, NSCE Director Dr. Eugenie  Scott praised the Texas Board of Education, saying “These supplements reflect the overwhelming scientific consensus that evolution is the core of modern biology, and is a central and vital concept in any biology class. That these supplements were adopted unanimously reflects a long overdue change in the board. I commend the board for its refusal to politicize science education.”  This is squarely a victory in the battle to keep public education educational over the forces that would make public education into religious and/or political indoctrination.

Source: NCSE

~Submitted by Gene Howington, Guest Blogger

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  2. Gyges,

    I bust my buns out there every night! You tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court all night!

    I think I can tell the difference between you and Buddha – he’s green, for starters…

  3. Gyges,

    I’m out there bustin my buns every night! Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes…

  4. Slart,

    Oh great, now people are going to start claiming I’M Buddha, or maybe that you are. They could get really confused and think that one of us is Kareem Abdul Jabbar.


    I did, I’ll get back to you later tonight or tomorrow morning.

  5. Elaine,
    Thanks. That video was a little more understandable for my meager mind, but it sounded a bit like “Back to the Future” to be believable. Too much for this late at night!

  6. Elaine,
    Huh? That video was over my small brain.
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  7. A little quatrain about time travel:

    I’m taking a trip in the rocket, my dear.
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    I’m leaving tomorrow–but don’t you fret
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  8. GeneH, I do realize that you really are Buddha no matter how much you protest to the contrary.

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