Archives for March, 2009

David Daniel

Daniel is a member of TAMEST, an association of Nobelists and members of NAS/IOM/NAE. Our statement is irreconcilable with the amendments offered. Science is awesome, and Texas has a lot to offer, he points out. We’re trying to recruit top people. S&W are understood as code-words, which will spook good scientists. Various discussion of S&W,…

STAT and TABT issue a joint statement against S&W, remove January amendments. Detailed critique of the amendments, worrying about appropriateness and new testing requirements which might arise. Adopt the TEKS as presented by writing committees. Emphasizes that gaps are not weaknesses in a theory. Hardy: “I am concerned” about how much time is spent on…

Mrs. Arlington/Mrs. Texas

Austen Williams, who identifies herself as Mrs. Arlington, Mrs. Texas, is bothered that she was taught evolution “dogmatically.” She has a “burning desire to know.” “I just want to learn things.” Leo and Cargill are very impressed. She learned about IC in an archaeology course. Studying early bacterial cultures?

Colin White, a student, thinks textbooks suck because they don’t invent weaknesses of evolution. Insulted by people who think high school students don’t know everything. Or something. Mercer: Students are great. Leo: “By presenting only one side, would you say that students out there might walk away not knowing that there are weaknesses?” Colin and…

Melinda Mells, Bill Vinal

Melinda Mells has won a ton of teaching awards in science education. “My task as a science teacher is to ensure that my students have ? a solid foundation to build upon in future science courses. ? Your task as board members is to ensure that science, and only science, is taught in science classes.”…

I’m for S&W, apparently

I was as surprised as anyone that according to Texas Education Agency, Josh Rosenau and Eugenie Scott of NCSE Now Support ?Strengths and Weaknesses? in Texas Science Standards, but John West’s response is utterly hackish: Did Rosenau and Scott misrepresent their positions in an attempt to get a better slot to speak? Or did they…

Ann Molineux and Donald Ewert

President-elect of Austin Geological Society. PhD from UT, masters from Cambridge “hence my strange accent.” Reads a letter from Geol. Soc. They reiterate NAS definition of science: “The use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process.” Asks that amendments from January be…

Richard White and Martha Griffin

White wants S&W. He insists that there are credible alternatives to evolution. Thinks that random mutation can’t add mutations. Do these people not read the Index of Creationist Claims? Claims evolution is a sacrosanct icon. Leo: What do you say to people who think these things belong only in college? He thinks its bad! Shocker!…

Sharon Mosher and Deborah Koeck

ESS writing committee member Sharon Mosher calls for them to reverse the bogus changes. Calling for students to “assess the arguments for and against universal common descent in light of the fossil evidence” is nonsense, she says, because it requires teachers to “manufacture arguments that don’t exist.” BTW, Ray Bohlin’s biological research apparently includes work…

Ray Bohlin

Ray Bohlin, Disco. fellow and head of Probe Ministries (Motto: “Touched by a being from above!”) is about to speak. On the group’s front page, there is a story asking: “Is Masturbation A Sin?” Guess what he decides! Doesn’t have written testimony. “I’ll be reading from a recent evolution text.” He insists there are limits…