In an update to the battle between Texas school officials and textbook publishers regarding edits to the evolution portions of their books, recall that the publishers took a stand and things were going the way of reason. Finally, it looks like the fight is over. It’s a DarWIN!
This year’s sweeping win for science education in Texas now appears to be complete.
Multiple sources tell us that a special expert panel has given unanimous approval to the Pearson biology textbook whose adoption by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) last month had been tripped up by allegations that it contained “factual errors.”
A Texas Education Agency (TEA) spokesperson told us that it has forwarded the panel’s report to Pearson. TEA won’t release the report publicly until Pearson has had a chance to review it, but our sources said all three panelists dismissed the claims of factual errors and recommended no changes to the textbook.
Thus the efforts of anti-evolutionists have failed. This is a GREAT outcome. The forces of anti-science have been roundedly defeated not only by pro-science citizen groups but also by the forces of commerce who said NO to ridiculous edits from people who don’t know the first thing about science.
Kudos are due to the the Texas Freedom Network and the National Center for Science Education. It’s a good day for science and for Texas students.