“I understand the National Academy of Science’s [sic] strong support of the theory of evolution,” one reviewer wrote. “At the same time, this is a theory. As an educator, parent, and grandparent, I feel very firmly that ‘creation science’ based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption.”
“While I understand the theory of evolution and its wide acceptance, there should be inclusion of the ‘creation model’ based on the Biblical view of history.”
“Text neglects to tell students that no transitional fossils have been discovered. The fossil record can be interpreted in other ways than evolutionary with equal justification. Text should ask students to analyze and compare alternative theories.”
These statements were made by so-called “experts” whose opinions on science textbooks were solicited by the Texas Board of Education as part of their textbook adoption process. You can read more about this here, here , and here.
I may be testifying in favor of the adoption of the proposed science K-12 textbooks (which are all quite good) at the Texas Board of Education public hearing next Tuesday, and I will certainly be attending the
Texas Freedom Network’s “Stand up for science” rally.
I’ll be posting a transcript of my testimony (if it happens) and a report on hearing next week. In the meantime, if you’re a science-loving Texan, I encourage you to come participate. For everyone else, please spread awareness of this issue, and feel free to share your thoughts and what YOU would like to say to the Board of Education in the comments below!