15 March 2009

More creationist calvinball

Creationists, apparently sensing that they are failing to get what they want through normal means, are going to the ol’ boys’ network. First, it was Representative Leo Berman introducing a law for the Institute for Creation Research.

Now, in a classic case of nominative determinism, it’s Representative Wayne Christian (pictured) with House Bill 4224. According to the National Center for Science Education that would require the Texas State Board of Education to expect students:

(A)nalyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information(.)

Yes, this is the phrase that is at risk of being voted out of the new Texas K-12 science standards.

Christian is a businessman with no background that I can see in either education or science. It’s just amazing how everyone wants to copy edit the advice of the educational and scientific experts. Science educators don’t tell business people how to manage inventory or marketing, or tell dentists whether to do a root canal, so why do they insist on telling us how they want us to do science education?

1 comment:

Matthew Foster said...

Good Point.