Archives for March, 2009

Creationist amendments

Terri Leo just offered an amendment to add a standard to Biology 9: D) analyze and evaluate the evidence regarding formation of simple organic molecules and their organization into long complex molecules having information such as the DNA molecule for self-replicating life. It passed, with reservations expressed by various members who hadn’t had time to…

Texas vignette

Barbara Cargill is amending 3rd grad standards to alter the list of objects students must use to understand how pushing and pulling changes an object’s position. Much discussion between Cargill, Chairman Don McLeroy, and reputed Sarah Palin lookalike Terri Leo about how and when children are to play with balls. Folks are feeling punchy, so…

Texas hearings, day 2

I’m currently taping the Texas Board of Education as they consider amendments and motions regarding state science standards. The first big fight related to language in the standards on the books now which refers to “strengths and weaknesses,” and to change that to a requirement that students “analyze and evaluate” scientific ideas. Ken Mercer offered…

Genie speaks

I missed the first few minutes with this camera, and someone knocked it over briefly, but still, you get the flavor of things. More anon, including video of my testimony.

There are more questions for Don Patton than for Genie. He thinks evolution defenders are a bunch of liars. He also thinks that the Flintstones is a documentary. He’s so far out that even other creationists reject his claims. Cargill wants to talk with him about his research. Also wants to know how well the…

Eugenie Scott, etc.

They’re inviting special people to jump in line. Genie is being invited to testify. Youtube shortly. Now some guy is saying that everyone who defends evolution is an evil atheist. And the next guy is a Paluxy track apologist. Honestly.

Walter Bradley, Josephine Krouse

I was looking forward to seeing the author of a predecessor to Of Pandas and People. Alas, family illness kept him away, but his substitute decided to assert that “Richard Dawkins plagiarized Francis Crick,” a stark claim which seems unsupported. Krouse is good, but no questions. James Norelius: Claims the pilot Smitty didn’t follow standard…

Travis Tunnell, Franklin Mayo

Travis Tunnell: High school student and prospective biology major opposes S&W. He’s getting grilled, with board members trying to shake his opposition, but he’s standing strong. He’ll be at McGill next year, and they’ll be proud to have him. Kelly Coghlan, of ChristianAttorney.com. Honestly, do you need to know more? It’s a train wreck. He’s…

Mohlman defended science education, Wade Warren backed the creationist S&W language. He can’t work through why people oppose S&W. Victoria Huang explains that evolution is key to medicine, agriculture, etc. McLeroy is after her over language in the 21st Century Science statement, which she didn’t sign, but basically agrees with. Audris Zidermanis is speaking too…

Josh Rosenau

Josh Rosenau just spoke, and boy was he brilliant! I felt like I was racing, but I’m told that I didn’t trip over myself the way Casey did. I’ve got tape of the whole thing, so we’ll see shortly. Here’s what I said: Mr. Chairman, members of the Board, thank you for the chance to…