Monday, March 23, 2009

Texas board chief wants creationist science books

If there is one single person who can influence the contents of every science textbook in America, it is the chairman of the Texas Board of Education. Because Texas buys so many books, the publishers are always anxious to please the Lone Star State. And because they won't publish different texts for every state, schools all over the U.S. wind up learning what Texas says belongs in the book.

The chairman of the Texas Board of Education believes that God created the Earth less than 10,000 years ago, and he wants the science books in his state to be friendly to his creationist bent.

The opening paragraph of this story by Wall Street Journal reporter Stephanie Simon gives us a glimpse of what is in store for our students:

The Texas Board of Education will vote this week on a new science
curriculum designed to challenge the guiding principle of evolution, a step that
could influence what is taught in biology classes across the nation.

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