20 May 2009

The long, slow response to Texas science standards

SEED magazine summarizes the Texas K-12 science standards. It’s mostly a summary, but there are a few new things to note. First, how do textbook publishers plan to deal with the standards?

Textbook author and biologist Ken Miller and publisher Rene LeBel both say they’ll abide by the letter, but not the spirit, of the standards; for instance, by fulfilling the requirement to cover “all sides of scientific evidence” without including creationist pseudoscience.

I also hadn’t heard any of my peers or colleagues taking this approach:

Professors in Texas and elsewhere are privately planning to boycott college textbooks from any publishers who let the board taint high school textbooks.

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