Sally Wall, a teacher, insists that the TEKS are about laying a foundation for future study, and the S&W language is distracting from that. "My job is not to fight cultural wars."
Tell that to Chairman McLeroy, who urges "Enlisting in the culture war."
Randy Linder then insists that they should drop the S&W language. He worries that that language opens the door to nonscientific ideas like ID creationism. Carries on explaining why ID doesn't belong. He does well, but the Board will deny having any interest in ID.
Cargill whines that they weren't alternating between creationists and the people who support science, which the Chairman promised to do. It isn't like this was a great idea to begin with, since it artificially obscures actual levels of support. Of course, there's no reason for this to be based on the number of people who show up to testify.
Dunbar: "My job is wordsmithing." Naturally. When called to task for stating that a terrorist attack on America during the first six months of an Obama administration "will be a planned effort by those with whom Obama truly sympathizes to take down the America that is threat to tyranny," she stated clearly that "I don't have anything in there that would be retractable. Those are my personal opinions and I don't think the language is questionable."
Now Randy Daw says that every Texas student is the next Galileo. Or something. I can't say it made much sense.
Diana Walker points out that she, like Galileo, was raised Catholic, and that the economic future of Texas requires the teaching of evolution. Doing other would be like the destruction of the Library of Alexandria.