Thursday, September 4, 2008

Texas -- right on schedule

I'm sorry to say that my post of almost a year ago is certainly coming true, not that it took the great Karnak to determine which way the winds were being blown in Texas. Read it for yourself "Devolution in Education" The stage for the next battle between pseudo-science junkies and people supporting real science education appears to be in Texas. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the State Board of Education (SBOE) have enough members who have professed to supporting Creationism/Intelligent Design to make a fight of it. Luckily they do not have a clear majority or we might see the Kansas debacle.

I'm going to keep this simple and just restate my issue. I don't care what religious group you belong to, I don't care if you want to believe the world is being carried on the back of a giant turtle or whatever! Your belief system is not science and should not be taught as science in a science class. I don't really care how much scientific dressing you put on Creationism, it's still not a scientific concept. The more conservative members of the TEA and the SBOE in Texas should be focusing on teaching the school children of Texas, not pushing their religious ideas.

Teaching 'weaknesses' is a cover for weakening eduction, teaching the controversy is a marketing concept. We don't teach any subject with the idea of letting the kids make up their minds, and we shouldn't offer special protection to teachers who want to bring in un-related material to teach their subject. These are just some of the tactics being used today to allow the teaching of religion in science class. They should be transparent to anyone who isn't blinded by their own prejudices. They should not be allowed to dilute the education of our young!

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