Live Blogging from the SBOE Science Hearings, Part IV

7 p.m. – Creationists on the board are moved by testimony from a college student who says arguments against evolution were censored in her science classes. She says: “(Evolution is) not total and complete fact, and to pretend it is so, you have to silence” arguments against it. Board member Mavis Knight, D-Dallas, isn’t buying […]

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Live Blogging from the SBOE Science Hearings, Part III

5:37 p.m. – The pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Shiner, TX just told the board to leave the religion to him and keep it out of the classroom. I think we can all raise a tall glass of Shiner Bock to that! 5:38 p.m. – As we listen to supporters of a […]

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Live Blogging from the SBOE Science Hearings, Part II

4:45 p.m. – A testifier waives the Discovery Institute’s list of 700 evolution deniers before the board as evidence of dissent in the mainstream scientific consensus surrounding evolution. Check out the clever response to this list by the National Center for Science Education – Project Steve. (Project Steve mocks the Disco Institute list by promoting its own list of […]

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Live Blogging from the SBOE Science Hearings

4 p.m. – The State Board of Education hearing on proposed new public school science standards is finally starting. Former state board member Joe Bernal, D-San Antonio, is up first. Bernal calls on board members to listen to real science experts who object to teaching students phony arguments about “weaknesses” of evolution. It doesn’t take […]

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Taking a Step Backward on Science Standards

Even before today’s Texas State Board of Education hearing on new public school science curriculum standards begins, sound science has taken a big hit. In September teacher writing teams released draft standards that wisely removed loaded language requiring schools to teach about so-called “weaknesses” of scientific theories like evolution. Creationists on the State Board of Education […]

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