08 June 2008

The Houston Chronicle gets it, too

The Houston Chronicle has an editorial also responding to recent comments that Don McLeroy (chair of the Texas Education Agency) made to the New York Times. It also zooms in on McLeroy's badly wrong "two systems of science" comments.

Something I didn't know before comes up:
(Texas governor Rick Perry) unilaterally appointed McLeroy to chair the board last summer a few weeks after the Legislature disbanded. (Much simpler than having to defend his controversial choice during Senate confirmation hearings.)

It concludes:
All people are entitled to their private religious beliefs, but nobody is entitled to use the state's public education system to promote them. What chance do Texas students have of competing in the 21st century if their learning of science is warped and stunted by such benighted leadership?

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