Live-Blogging the Texas Science Textbook Adoption Hearing

7:45 p.m. – Ok, folks. We’re going to hang in here until they finish, but we don’t expect you to. We’ll skip the live-blog tonight and post a recap tomorrow morning. We’ll watch so you don’t have to. Be safe out there.

5:40 – If this is true, then the science hearing is likely to be pushed back even further into the night:

5:30 p.m. – Still waiting for the science portion of the hearing to begin. It’s looking like we might be in for a long night.

2:05 p.m. – The state board is still considering a separate matter. So the hearing on the science textbooks is not likely to start until late this afternoon. Stay tuned.

We will be live-blogging from the State Board of Education‘s hearing today on proposed new science textbooks for Texas public schools. The hearing was set to start officially at 1 p.m., but other board business is pushing that start time until later. Textbooks adopted by the state board on Friday will go into classrooms beginning in fall 2014 and will guide what a generation of Texas students learn about evolution and climate change.


8 thoughts on “Live-Blogging the Texas Science Textbook Adoption Hearing

  1. How out of touch with reality is the SBE?
    We are both educated to the post-graduate level.
    We find it unbelievable that creationism can find such a foothold in Texas! Have certain SBE members truly closed their minds to FACTS related to the earth’s history?
    How absurd, and ignorant, must such SBE members be?

    1. Theyze ones is afraid to cept the facts ’cause theyze ones is ‘fraid their gawd is a goin’ ta drop’em into the Lake O’Fire fer not a believin’ their gawd ’cause theyze ones is heez a thinkin’ heeza sayin’ 3 + 1 = 5.

      Fortunately, many of us out here do not believe in “gawd.” We believe in the Father, Son,, and Holy Spirit who know that 3 + 1 = 4 and who also know that Genesis 1 is a parable—not actual history or science.

      However, I would not count my chickens just yet folks and especially not if the Discovery Institute is issuing defeat speeches before the fact. Instead, I would stand tall in the gap and alert to some sort of last minute (or second) curve ball that comes like lightning out of left field. These are not the kind of people that “give up” this easily. After all—and you would be loathe to forget this—the eternal fate of their souls is hanging in the balance if they lose because their “gawd” is a vicious and angry “gawd” who may use his pitchfork to skewer them for failure. Be on alert and prepared for anything. This means you to Kathy Miller. You will need to react and respond quickly to the unexpected.

  2. Regarding creationism. “In U.S., 46% Hold Creationist View of Human Origins” is from a Gallup poll that has been conducted regularly over the past 30 years. The shocking thing is that number hasn’t changed over the last 30 years. In the minds of many people this belief is immune to rational argument. Unfortunately, many of the SBOE members are in this category. This shows that elections matter including those that are “down ballot” like the SBOE.

  3. Checking in at 4:55 pm and TFN hasn’t posted anything since 2:05pm. Please be kind enough to update even if status is only continued delay, else why tell us to check your blog?

  4. I am also live blogging the hearing and my blogs are posted on Texas Theocracy Watch, a program of Secular Texas. Just go to or google the name. I will be here until the end blogging as best I can. I am already tired and hungry and I haven’t even testified yet.

    1. Hi Steve. That Becky Berger bit on your blog was certainly disturbing. It seems as if everyone has an ideological ax to grind these days and any facts that do not fit the ideology get ignored. Not good.