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Texans battle over role of creationism in textbooks

Posted by doctore0 on September 18, 2013

Crowd gathered outside the Capitol to speak up against creationism in Texas textbooks

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One Response to “Texans battle over role of creationism in textbooks”

  1. doctore0 said

    These are some of the most notable nominees on the Texas textbook review board:

    Walter Bradley was an engineer who coauthored a book, The Mystery of Life’s Origins, which essentially launched the “intelligent design” movement. He and Raymond Bohlin of Probe Ministries are both associated fellows of the Discovery Institute. Another engineer, Richard White, and David Zeiger who teaches in a private Christian school, and Ide Trotter, spokesman for the grossly-misnamed creationist group, ‘Texans for Better Science Education’ -all advocate teaching scientifically discredited “weaknesses” of evolution in Texas science classrooms.

    Here is a sample of their comments on the science standards:
    http://www.tfn.org/site/DocServer/Sample_Reviewer_Objections.pdf?docID=4103

    In addition to these, we also have board member, Ken Mercer, who argues that morphology and biochemistry somehow represent two different discordant trees rather than one twin-nested hierarchy. Fellow board member, David Bradley said “This critical thinking stuff is gobbledegook” and that “”Students need to be able to jump to their own conclusions.” (Remember that the Texas version of the Republican Party platform actually says they’re opposed to higher order critical thinking skills.) Then there’s board chairman Barbara Cargill who was called out for trying to influence specific changes outside her charge or ethical boundaries.

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