Pharyngula

Texas Citizens for Science has posted a summary of the political pressures:

TEA has a new policy, one of neutrality between biological evolution and Intelligent Design Creationism. This new policy was put in place when Dr. Don McLeroy–an outspoken Creationist and activist for Intelligent Design Creationism and its marketing campaign–was appointed the new Chair of the State Board of Education (SBOE). By publicizing a lecture by a Louisiana State University professor of the philosophy of science that supported evolution–as required by the state’s science standards–and opposed Intelligent Design Creationism, Chris Comer ran afoul of the new policy and was asked to resign or be fired immediately. The memo to her from the TEA contained several other excuses, all of which were bogus, trumped-up, or common among employees. Amazingly, this memo is now available for the public to read thanks to the American-Statesman (see below), and it reveals the lengths to which the top administrators of our state’s public education agency will go to silence dissent from their new policy of not criticizing Creationism.

The real reason she was forced to resign is because the top TEA administrators and some SBOE members wanted her out of the picture before the state science standards–the science TEKS–were reviewed, revised, and rewritten next year. Plans are underway by some SBOE members and TEA administrators to diminish the requirement to teach about evolutionary biology in the Biology TEKS and to require instead that biology instructors “Teach the Controversy” about the “weaknesses” of evolution, that is, teach the Creationist-inspired and -created bogus controversy about evolution that doesn’t exist within legitimate science. There are no scientific weaknesses with biological evolution as the natural process is understood by scientists. At the level at which it is taught in high school, evolutionary biology has no weaknesses, gaps, or problems. Therefore, it is duplicitous to pretend such “weaknesses” and “controversy” exist.

I knew McLeroy was trouble from the very beginning.

Comments

  1. #1 Brownian, OM
    November 29, 2007

    I knew McLeroy was trouble from the very beginning.

    How? What are the chances that a Christian would be dishonest when it comes to his or her creationism?

  2. #2 Ichthyic
    November 29, 2007

    It gets worse.

    =O

    actually, it really doesn’t surprise me a bit.

    Instead, in the end it makes me angry that the people of Texas voted for such a throwback to the dark ages for Governor.

    they deserve what they get, truth be told.

    and for voting for a governor that would appoint McKnucklehead to an educational board post, they got exactly what they deserved.

    too bad the kids don’t really deserve it, but they can at least blame their parents.

    so, children of Texas, give your folks a kick in the shins for me, would ya?

  3. #3 Ichthyic
    November 30, 2007

    I hate to sound alarmist, but at what point in America do the leftists finally realize that gun ownership should be protected so that the left can actually fight back when this becomes a shooting war?

    ROFLMAO

    not only don’t you NOT hate to sound alarmist, but that is such a stretch of logic to work your point into this thread, that even silly putty wouldn’t work to bridge the gap.

    nice try, but if somebody bites on that bait, they must be blind.

  4. #4 Ichthyic
    November 30, 2007

    er, wait…

    scratch the “nice try” part. it wasn’t even that.

  5. #5 Ichthyic
    December 1, 2007

    Texas, along with California, basically determine high school level textbook content.

    yeah, good point.

  6. #6 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 2, 2007

    My father’s people have been in the U.S. for as long as we can trace it — at least 8 generations –

    Your surname is the French word for “dolphin” (including “crown prince”, for, presumably, some reason).

  7. #7 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 2, 2007

    My father’s people have been in the U.S. for as long as we can trace it — at least 8 generations –

    Your surname is the French word for “dolphin” (including “crown prince”, for, presumably, some reason).

  8. #8 Tony Whitson
    November 29, 2008

    For the November 19 SBOE meeting, there are audio files of the whole thing (in seven parts, coordinated with the TFN blog pages) posted at

    http://curricublog.org/2008/11/26/texas-sboe-evolution-2008nov19/

    with linked wiki pages for building up an annotated review of the proceedings, indexed by speaker.

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