11 December 2007

Texas Education Agency and Chris Comer, Part 15

The Dallas Star-Telegram has an op-ed piece from Alan Leshner, the CEO of American Association for the Advancement of Science commenting on the Texas Education Agency's policy of "neutrality":
These comments -- suggesting that scientific facts based on indisputable physical evidence are somehow subject to debate on nonscientific grounds -- are especially troubling in a state known for its innovation and filled with high-quality research universities. ...

But, the more important question is this: Should anyone in charge of science curriculum be expected to remain neutral regarding efforts to insert religious viewpoints into science classrooms? The answer is "no."
Wired also has an interesting blog entry focused on the more general battle over state education standards, textbooks, and why Texas plays such an important role. It quotes Lawrence Lerner:
Florida and Texas represent two chances to get a Federal district court opinion that contradicts the Pennsylvania one (Kitzmiller v. Dover - ZF), and the present and possible future makeup of the Supreme Court gives the creationists considerable encouragement to give it their best try.

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