The new science standards survived without reinserting “strengths and weaknesses.” That phrase has been abused by creationists in the past, and its removal is a giant victory.
Disco. is trying to hustle a win out of some random changes to the evolution section of the Biology TEKS, but, as they say down here, that dog won’t hunt. All they did was confuse the standards and take out specificity needed by teachers and textbook authors. Furthermore, how do they propose that anyone analyze and evaluate how natural selection doesn’t apply to individuals but to populations? That’s simply true, and doesn’t require any analysis or evaluation.
In pushing that amendment, Disco. showed that their only goal was to lay down a line of PR. But the language of these TEKS is not to advance a political line, it’s to help educate students. And in confusing the standards, Disco. showed that the agenda of the Discovery Institute is not education, but PR. They should be ashamed.