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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AUSTIN – The Texas Freedom Network is hailing the State Board of Education’s final approval today of science curriculum standards that – for the first time in decades – no longer include misleading requirements designed to undermine the teaching of evolution.
“The politicians on the state board have finally listened to scientists and classroom professionals who know what students need to get a 21st-century education,” TFN President Kathy Miller said. “This is an important victory for science, for science education, and most importantly, for Texas students. The culture wars have no place in our classroom, and today’s decision is one important step toward this board recognizing that.”
Today’s vote came after teachers and scientists on a state-appointed panel recommended the removal of a number of problematic curriculum standards for high school biology. Creationists on the state board approved those standards in 2009 in an effort to force textbooks and classroom instruction to include junk science arguments attacking evolution.
The debate over what Texas students should learn about evolution stretches back many decades. But it became more intense with the adoption of statewide curriculum standards for the first time in 1984. A short summary of the fight over… Read More
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