Don McLeroy, erstwhile head of the Texas Board of Education, doesn’t like the National Academy of Sciences. At least not on even-numbered days. During the science standards fight, he praised the NAS definition of science. Then again, he endorsed a crazy, self-published pamphlet declaring that the NAS is “sowing atheism.” And of course, he dismissed the good advice of the NAS and other science groups when they asked him not to undermine evolution education, telling the Board “Someone has to stand up to these experts.”
And now McLeroy has decided to attack the NAS in social studies standards. In a memo to the committees drafting new standards for Texas social studies classes (and the textbooks used in those classes), McLeroy requested that students be taught “pros and cons” of the “National Academy of Science in scientific research.”
What those cons might be, no one is quite sure.