Religious conservatives serving on state textbook review panels have criticized several proposed high school biology textbooks for not including arguments against Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
The review panels include several creationists. They urge the State Board of Education to reject the books unless publishers include more disclaimers on key concepts of evolution.
One reviewer even suggested a rule requiring that each biology book cover “creation science.” That would run counter to a 1987 U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The decision banned the teaching of creationism in public school science classes.
The evaluations will be presented at a board meeting next week. Publishers must consider them, along with testimony. They can make changes before the board votes on the texts in November.
“I understand the National Academy of Science’s strong support of the theory of evolution,” said Texas A&M University nutritionist Karen Beathard, one of the biology textbook reviewers. “At the same time, this is a theory. As an educator, parent and grandparent, I feel very firmly that creation science based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book that is up for adoption.” (Once again, and for the five hundredth time, when scientists use the term "theory" they mean a process that is still being modified and improved, NOT that it is simply an idea with no evidence to back it up. The word in science that matches the definition of "theory" these idiots believe is being used is "hypothesis.")
Other reviewers objected to the books’ acceptance of key evolutionary principles. Among them is the fossil evidence for the evolution of humans and other life species.
Former State Board of Education Chairwoman Gail Lowe nominated nearly a third of the 28 reviewers for biology books. A social conservative and creationist, Lowe was defeated in her re-election bid last year.
You may think that this is not such a big deal unless you live in Texas, but that is not quite accurate.
As one of the largest textbook purchasers in the nation, Texas wields strong influence on books marketed in other states.
That's right. Some superstitious anti-science moron in Texas can absolutely affect the ability of other children in the country to receive an adequate education in science.
Yep, when you are a religious conservative the LAST thing you want to do is teach critical thinking skills or anything with actual facts in it which might undermine your ability to brainwash children.