Creationists strike back against newly proposed TEKS

As I’ve mentioned previously on this blog, the Texas science standards are currently under revision.  The proposed revisions came out a few weeks ago, and the majority of science experts in the state are pleased with these new TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).  Yet according to this post from the Texas Freedom Network:

The Texas Freedom Network has learned that evolution opponents on the state board are trying to pack a formal curriculum review panel with supporters of teaching “intelligent design”/creationism. The panel was supposed to include science experts, yet three of the six appointed by the state board are strident evolution critics.

This is not surprising as we already know that there are several “creationism sympathizers”, to say the least, on the State Board of Education, including chairman Don McLeroy.  What is disturbing, however, is the apparent conflict of interest that exists with two of the members on this newly appointed review panel.

Two of the members on this review panel are Stephen Meyer and Ralph Seelke–authors of the textbook “Explore Evolution”, an anti-evolution textbook published by the Discovery Institute. 

Will Texas students get a quality science education?  Let’s hope so.  Stay tuned, folks!

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3 Responses to “Creationists strike back against newly proposed TEKS”

  1. We’re in Texas and my son attends a public middle school here. I’m already considering homeschool for a variety of reasons, one of which is the smuggling of religion into public schools (I’ll be writing a post about that soon). But this could be a real deal breaker. The day they start teaching ID in science is the day I remove my child from public school. Period.

  2. The other thing that bothers me is that Stephen Meyer and Ralph Seelke aren’t from Texas. Doesn’t that seem odd?

  3. […] proposed for the science (and especially biology) TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills).  In that blog entry, I mentioned the potential conflict of interest with two of the members of the review panel, […]

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