want us to believe that their “theory” is part of science, but of course, it is really a form of creationism, and has no place in Texas schools. This position is shared by more than 100 professors in Texas, who have weighted in on this debate:
“Intelligent design is a religious idea that deserves no place in the science classroom,” said assistant professor Daniel Bolnick from his lab on the University of Texas campus. “I really just want to communicate to the state board that we’re keeping an eye on the quality of evolution education, and that there’s no justification for watering it down.”
Following the forced resignation of Texas Education Agency’s head, Christina Castillo-Comer, these professors sent the agency a letter expressing their position.
Castillo-Comer was forced out after she sent an email providing information about an upcoming talk about creationism. She was accused of having been less than impartial by sending this email. You know the story, it’s been all over the internet.
What bothers me about this is that people are arguing over whether Castillo-Comer was being impartial, when in fact, her job really should not have been to be impartial. It is not her job to stand back while creationists insinuate themselves into the discussion of science standards or classroom practices. Her job as education chief is to be on the front line fighting creationism, keeping it out of our schools in all subject areas, especially science.
Castillo-Comer is considering a law suit. I think that would be appropriate, and I would guess that some of these nuances would emerge in such a suit.