SCIENCE IS UNDER ATTACK IN THE STATE OF TEXAS
- The Texas State Board of Education may allow creationism in teaching material that will be adopted across the state in high schools this year.
- Textbook reviewers (who are appointed by the Board of Education) have objected to evolution and climate change being included in science textbooks from several of the nation’s biggest textbook publishers — whose textbooks are currently in use throughout the country.
- If publishers don’t receive top ratings from state review panels, it makes it harder for publishers to sell those books to schools and can even lead the state to reject the books completely.
The panels have urged publishers to “water down” scientific teachings for reasons such as, “I understand the National Academy of Science’s [sic] strong support of the theory of evolution. At the same time, this is a theory. As an educator, parent, and grandparent, I feel very firmly that “creation science” based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption.”
Why We Should Care
Because the Texas public school system is so large, national textbook makers often tailor their materials to that market. So if Biology turns into Bible-ology in Texas, it could impact how science is taught to children nationwide.
In order to prepare our students to compete for science and engineering jobs in the global economy, we have ensure that they have access to accurate science education.
Our Time Opinion
Creationism shouldn’t be taught in public schools.