Despite strenuous efforts from creationists like former State Board of Education member Don McLeroy, and the accomodationism of Board Chairwoman Barbara Cargill (who packed the textbook review committee
with anti-evolutionists, and gave the creationists disproportionate time to testify during the textbook hearings), textbook publishers are standing firm.
There will be no anti-evolution edits to the textbooks currently under consideration for adoption by the SBOE. From the Texas Freedom Network:
“From what I can see so far, publishers are resisting pressure to do things that would leave high school graduates in Texas ill-prepared to succeed in a college science classroom,” De Lozanne said. “If we want Texas kids to be competitive nationally, we have to ensure that what they learn in their high school classrooms is based on facts, not ideology. Having said that, it’s remarkable and distressing that some folks are still arguing over what really is established, mainstream science.”
The board will be voting on whether to adopt these textbooks next month, so the battle isn’t over. But as long as Texans continue to stand firm on their demand for quality science education for students, the enemies of evolution are fighting a war they cannot win.
This is a bit too ironic. I expect such shenanigans from some other states. But Texas has a very strong scientific infrastructure. Rice University, the University of Texas system, the Texas A&M University system, NASA Mission Control, various technology companies. Why would Texans want such idiocy?