Well,Â I threw out my back the other day, and so I’m sitting at home on a beautiful Saturday, watching through my window as the uninjured run and play like it’s the first day of summer. Lucky bastards.
Fortunately, this little setback affords me more time to play online, and allows meÂ to pass on some good information to you all.
With the election coming up, it’s a good idea to remember that not just the big offices are being contested. There are many important state and local offices with open seats; and they are not always coveted by the most ideal candidates.
For example, in Texas, there are severalÂ positions on the Board of Education up for grabs, and some of the candidates vying for these seats could have a huge negative impact on science education should they be elected. You see, there is a large creationist contingent determined to remain a factor in guiding the educational standards in the state.
“Well, that’s Texas,” you say. “It doesn’t affect me.”
Unfortunately, it can very well affect you. Large states like Texas and California obviously have the most students in the public school system, and textbook publishers tend to follow the standards established in those states to avoid the cost of printing different versions of textbooks to satisfy every state’s standard. So if a Board of Education in a state the size of Texas decides to teach the “weaknesses of evolution” in biology classes ,for example, the resulting textbooks will have to be adopted by other states.
And there is evidence that altering science standards is exactly what the creationists running forÂ Board of Education seatsÂ want to do.
YouTube skeptical crusader, AronRa, posted a video related to this. Take a look:
So if you are a Texas voter, use your vote wisely. Or if you’re not from Texas, butÂ have friends and relatives there, be sure to get word to them about the importance of voting, if even for the state and local offices.