We're learning a little bit more about International Databases, the previously unknown outfit from New Mexico that a few weeks ago submitted science instructional materials to the Texas Education Agency that are clearly laced with the junk science of intelligent design/creationism. Read More
A 2009 decision by the Texas State Board of Education has enabled creationists to once again try to mess with science in public school classrooms in Texas.
Last month's announcement by a prominent creationist group that it had decided not to seek state approval to sell instructional materials to Texas public schools was good news for supporters of sound science education. Now e-mails obtained by the Texas Freedom Network through a Texas Public Information Act request reveal just how bad the materials from Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE) would have been. Read More
Yesterday, TFN broke the news that a creationist organization had formally notified the State Board of Education of its intention to submit materials for the upcoming science adoption. And not just any creationist organization — the Foundation for Thought and Ethics (FTE) is the publisher of the infamous textbook Of Pandas and People that landed a school in Dover, PA in court for forcing religious ideas on students in science class. The resulting ruling (Kitzmiller v. Dover) was an epic smack-down from which the “intelligent design” movement has not yet recovered.
Our friends at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) have passed along some helpful background on FTE’s involvement in that landmark case. So here’s some homework for science-defenders in Texas: