Last night was a public meeting on adopting biology and environmental sciences textbooks for Texas schools. The National Center for Science Education was there.
The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors.
With midnight looming, some of the state education board members singled out a textbook by Pearson Education, one of America’s largest publishers, on Thursday. Many of the 20 concerns pertained to the theory of evolution. After a lengthy debate that got testy at times, the board voted to have three of its members pick a trio of outside experts to further scrutinize the book.
If the issues can be resolved, it will win approval. But if not, it will be returned to the board for consideration at its January meeting.
The NCSE twitter account caught my attention last night as the representative (I think it’s Josh Rosenau) reported on what was happening. Here is the first set that I saw – that it was going to be a late night…
Another vote is today. I applaud Pearson Education for standing up to the ridiculous changes requested by non-scientists with a religious agenda. This type of manipulation is not acceptable – it’s been struck down by several legal cases and it’s absurd to keep pushing evolution out of biology classes. For more, follow the NCSE.
Meanwhile, Creation tales are alive and well in ‘murica. But it’s a bumpy road as genetics shows that there was no “Adam” but many. Uh Oh, trouble with science again. Lexington: All about Adam | The Economist.