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Friday, April 10, 2009

Eugenie Scott in radio & webcast talk today about new Texas science standards

UPDATE: The talk was a disappointment -- it lasted only 15-20 minutes. The usual Darwinist dogma, of course.


"OLD CHIPMUNK CHEEKS"


Darwinist Eugenie "Evil Genie" Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education, will talk today -- April 10 -- on NPR about the new Texas Science standards. The talk will air from 2-3 PM Eastern time on NPR's Science Friday program.

Here is a list of local radio stations that will broadcast the talk. Here is how to listen to a live webcast.

The number for call-ins is:
800-989-8255

The description of Eugenie Scott's talk says,
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Critics of the school board say that phrases such as 'all sides' and 'examine the strengths and weaknesses' (a phrase rejected by the board after debate) are code words that would allow the teaching of creationism in the science classroom.

Darwinists also think that "analyze and evaluate" are code words for teaching creationism. To Darwinists, any words that call for requiring students to think are code words for teaching creationism.

The talk's description also says,

The large state of Texas is considered a crucial battleground in the fight over teaching evolution, as its purchasing power gives the state's curriculum standards a good deal of influence over the content of textbooks sold around the country.

As I have pointed out many times, it is a myth that Texas's "purchasing power gives the state's curriculum standards a good deal of influence over the content of textbooks sold around the country."[1] For example, a popular biology textbook, "Biology" by Ken Miller and Joe Levine, already comes in regular, Texas, California, Florida, and North Carolina editions. Even in Texas, if a local school district really finds the state-approved textbooks to be intolerable, the district can use state-unapproved textbooks if the district pays the full cost, which would be only about $20 per year per student for a $100 biology textbook used for five years.

Also, I am wondering why there does not seem to be any concern about the future effect of the new science standards on the TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) tests.

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Eastern Chipmunk photo is courtesy of The Chipmunk Place, eNature.com, and Carl E. Sams, Dembinsky Photo Associates.

Wikipedia says that Eastern Chipmunks use cheek pouches to transport food (like other chipmunks) and also dirt that they have excavated from their burrows. The Chipmunk Place says,

This species is single-minded in its food gathering, making trips from tree to storage burrow almost continuously. It was estimated that over three days one chipmunk stored a bushel of chestnuts, hickory nuts, and corn kernels.

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Anonymous Junker Aus Preussen said...

To Darwinists, any words that call for requiring students to think are code words for teaching creationism.

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Sunday, April 12, 2009 3:47:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

I didn't know that to "analyze and evaluate" implies creationism! Darwinists will evidently spout any silly claim that fits their dogmatic agenda. But perhaps they are themselves deficient in the capacity to analyze and evaluate?

Monday, April 13, 2009 2:39:00 PM  

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