Texas scientists want religion, politics out of science curriculum
A group of Texas scientists are worried that the state board of education will insist on keeping the “strengths and weaknesses” clause in the Texas standards for biology education. Currently this phrase is not found in the proposal for the new TEKS.
David Hillis from the University of Texas summed up the feelings of scientists and science educators across the state well by saying:
“We are here to support and promote strong, clear, modern science education in Texas schools,” said David Hillis, professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin. “Texas public schools should be preparing our kids to succeed in the 21st century, not promoting political and ideological agendas that are hostile to a sound science education.”
However, the article also states that:
A panel of experts recently recommended the “strengths and weaknesses” provision remain in astronomy and chemistry but be removed from the updated science curriculum.
Who is this “panel of experts”, and why did they recommend for the provision to remain in certain areas?
As mentioned previously on this blog, the TEKS will not be voted on until next spring.