Tentatively, it looks like the Texas school board voted to remove language sponsored by the Discovery Institute (DI), language designed to weaken science education! Here's the article I just read: "State ed board reins in science standards hinting at creationism". Here's a quote:
"The 15-member board voted unanimously to change language in its standards to take the pressure off teachers to delve deep in evaluating cell biology and DNA evolution."As I mentioned in "Give Teachers in Texas a Fighting Change to Actually Teach Science!", requiring HS students to 'evaluate' scientific theories is not within the purview of high school. To 'Evaluate' requires a depth of knowledge you aren't going to get in HS. The DI loves throwing that word around, knowing full well to give students the tools needed to perform such an evaluation would consume resources unavailable to any high school in the country.
Think about it, why would they want HS students to perform such evaluations without them having the depth of knowledge required? It's the only way they can push their pet version of Creationism past the lack of scientific validity that has kept it out of the science curriculum. It creates an environment where an opinion is seen as viable as a scientific theory simply because the resources required to understand the difference are not present at the HS level.
Of course, the DI will claim these changes do not promote Creationism/Intelligent Design (ID). If that was so, then why is the DI pushing so hard? Have they published anything that really supports science education? They like using those words, but when you look at it you see efforts to undermine existing science and the promotion of theistic concepts. Look at the ID campaigns, teach a non-existent controversy, examine the strengths and weaknesses without identifying any actual weaknesses, an academic freedom campaign that has nothing to do with academic freedom . . ..
You can expect them to react with multiple whines. In fact let me pop over to their Evolution 'news' and Views site and see if they have reacted just yet. . . . No, nothing yet. There is a post from one of their 'senior disciples, Robert Marx, about the standards. You remember Bobbie, he was one of the ones responsible for the fiasco of the Evolutionary Informatics
OK, enough. It's good to know that Texas has started down a better path with a side benefit of irritating the DI. Maybe the Texas board of ed can compete for the DI's 'Censor of the Year'.