NCSE publishes Stupid Steven's drivel
The periodic SBOE textbook adoption and review circus will remain with us. Every six or seven years scientists, science teachers, and science advocates must descend on Austin to defend the accuracy and integrity of biology textbooks from the attacks of Creationists both on and off the SBOE. This disgusting textbook adoption sideshow is demeaning and embarrassing to Texas and is a necessary waste of time to practicing scientists who have better things to do, but must take the time to defend the textbooks. The standards submitted by the science writing panels would have prevented the worst of this, but now we will see it again in its full nauseating stench in Austin in 2010 or 2011 (depending on when the textbook Proclamation is adopted). Texas citizens should be disgusted with this faux-democratic, oligocratic display of power politics, for most SBOE members know how they will vote years before the hearing commences. They will vote to further their Fundamentalist Christian beliefs by trying to undermine and damage science education in Texas. Others plan to vote to uphold the high qualities of professional science education by resisting the Creationist attacks on science textbooks. All the effort will be focused on persuading the swing eighth vote that gives the religious right radicals a majority. If they can reject a single biology textbook, the other publishers may capitulate rather than lose hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. Then the censorship I have witnessed many times over the decades in Texas will begin again
A lot of Darwinists are virulently intolerant of the slightest whiff of criticism of evolution in the public schools.
Once, when it was Schafersman's turn to speak at a meeting of the Texas board of education, then board chairman Don McLeroy remarked, "guess who's next."
IMO it is much better to have K-12 teaching controlled by the state board of education rather than by the college professors and K-12 teachers. The SBOE members are elected and are hence directly accountable to the public -- the college professors and the K-12 teachers are much harder to get rid of.
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