Quite a few peopleÂ supporting sound science educationÂ turned out in Austin for the meeting of the Texas State Board of Education on Wednesday.
At issue isÂ aÂ provision being supported by the board requiring both the strengths and “weaknesses” of evolution to be taught in science classes. About 90 people were allowed to testify at the meeting, and only oneÂ person spoke in favor of the current provision that contains the “weaknesses” language.Â The good guys had them way outnumbered!
The board is expected to take a preliminary vote in January on new science curriculum standards that will dictate new science books for the state’s 4.5 million students.
For those not familiar with the Texas State Board of Education,Â itÂ is made up ofÂ a “Creationist Cabal” â€”Â about half the membersÂ areÂ staunch creationists, and have in the past engaged in activities that would subvert good science in Texas public schools. And as I’ve mentioned before, because there are so many students in Texas, and because book publishers don’t produce separate versions of books for everyone, the textbooks chosen in Texas find their way into the curricula of many other statesÂ in the US. So it’s imperative that these types ofÂ debates have an impact for sound science.
Kudos to all the Texans who showed up and made their voices heard! Some of them even had a little fun with it.