Publishers to Texas creationists: Nope, your edits are dumb

We’ve been keeping tabs on this story of a review of science textbooks in Texas for a few months now. It does appear that the death grip Texas used to have is now really weak.

Textbook publishers ignoring Texas school board’s inane interventions | Ars Technica.

Textbook publishers have largely ignored the suggestions made by reviewers appointed by the Texas State School Board. Various members of the board have been attempting to undercut the teaching of evolution when formulating new science standards. After a tough fight that resulted in some confusing requirements, textbook makers were given the chance to implement the new standards. Naturally, when it came time to review the texts, the school board appointed a handful of creationists to the review group.

Just as naturally, those individuals requested that “‘creation science’ based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book that is considered for adoption” and complained about how evolution was presented. The textbooks were supposed to be revised to reflect these complaints. Now, the publishers have submitted the texts they were supposed to have revised in light of these complaints. And, the good news is that the texts seem fine.

The Texas Freedom Network, which follows (among other things) science education in the state, has had a chance to look over the proposed revisions, and it hasn’t found anything objectionable at first glance. Obviously, since teaching creation science is unconstitutional, it didn’t make the revised versions.

So creationist ideas are pooh-poohed by people who actually publish science books. And even better, the people themselves have stood behind science. The message is getting through. Minor changes were made for appeasement: The phrase “evolutionary theory offers the most logical explanation” has been changed to the more diplomatic “scientists who analyze and evaluate these data make the professional judgment that evolutionary theory offers the most logical explanation.” It’s the exact same sentiment, just with a bunch more words to the get the point across.

This is a nice breath of fresh air to whoosh away all those stuffy discredited ideas. There is no time and no value to teaching discarded old lessons in science class. Kids need to know how life really works on earth. Not a religious-based fairy tale.

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  6 comments for “Publishers to Texas creationists: Nope, your edits are dumb

  1. Harold Renshaw
    October 24, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    Ba’al isn’t going to like this.

  2. lagaya1
    October 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Yay! Some GOOD news!

  3. October 25, 2013 at 12:07 AM

    Texas students are fortunate that their lawmakers don’t know how to operate a printing press. Regardless, it seems they’d have trouble getting schools accredited using such textbooks. Has this not been a problem? Do they care whether colleges reject their children because of what their schools teach them?

    Here’s the infamous “Cobb County Evolution Sticker” case that happened not far from where I live:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Selman_v._Cobb_County_School_District

  4. eddi
    October 25, 2013 at 3:25 AM

    The Texas lawmakers may be technologically challenged but look out for the ID and other movements. They print their stuff quickly and distribute it massively. No one says TEA (Texas Educational Assoc.) HAS to buy their books from heathen publishers. At least it is reduced to a state by state issue again.

  5. Chris Howard
    October 25, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    The controlling party (Republicans, as of this posting) here in the Lonestar State have stated that they officially reject critical thinking. It is now a codified policy of the Republican Party of Texas.

    Lets think about what that means, for a second.

    That means that they are officially anti-logic and reason. It means that they are anti-science, anti-philosophy, anti-inquiry beyond the antiquated, and anachronistic scholastic method of teaching and learning.

    They have, literally, taken a step backwards in their concepts of cognition by well over eight hundred years. They officially exhaust dogmatism.

    So, no, they don’t care about anything that a high-falutin scientist has to say about anything.

    It’s not a debate for them, not in the true sense of the word. For them it’s about bringing everyone else to the Truth, i.e., conversion.

  6. Lagaya1
    October 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    @Chris- that’s probably only true up to the point that it starts to inconvenience them. The probably drive cars, watch TVs, use computers, have cell phones, stoves, electricity, etc. Being truly anti-science would require a lot more from them. So no, they’re just anti- THIS science.

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