Looking Ahead to the Science Textbook Battle

Now that the State Board of Education has adopted new science curriculum standards, publishers can write their textbooks for the Texas adoption in 2011. The state board’s creationists will use the flawed standards they approved as a weapon to force publishers into dumbing down instruction on evolution. To get a sense of some of the […]

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TFN Video: Don McLeroy’s Attack on Evolution

“I disagree with these experts. Somebody’s gotta stand up to experts that are… I don’t know why they’re doing it. They’re wonderful people.” During today’s Texas State Board of Education debate over new public school science standards, board chairman Don McLeroy defended a measure challenging evolution and the concept of common descent specifically. Here’s the […]

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McLeroy Lets the Cat Out of the Bag

Watch this short clip of State Board of Education chairman Don McLeroy explaining the true motivation behind his two amendments to proposed Texas science standards dealing with common descent and natural selection: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKw-odMIKjU&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww%2Etfn%2Eorg%2Fsite%2FPageServer&feature=player_embedded] We’ll say this for McLeroy – he’s not trying to hide his intent. The purpose of his amendments is to cause kids to question […]

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McLeroy on Science and the Supernatural

As the Texas State Board of Education nears a final vote on new public school science curriculum standards, board chairman Don McLeroy, R-Bryan, is arguing once again that science classes should include supernatural explanations. In a new op-ed from the Austin American-Statesman, McLeroy — a creationist who believes Earth is less than 10,000 years old […]

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More on That McLeroy Book Endorsement

It was stunning, of course, to see that Texas State Board of Education chairman Don McLeroy, R-Bryan, endorsed a truly kooky and insulting book that attacks the faith of people who accept the science of evolution and calls parents “monsters” and pastors “morons” if they want to teach kids about that key scientific concept. But here’s […]

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