Evolution May Be Questioned In New Texas Textbooks

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A political nonprofit has filed a petition with the state alleging that creationists on the State Board of Education are planning to adopt textbooks that discount the theory of evolution.


Creationists believe that everything on Earth and in the universe was created by a supreme being.

Every ten years the Texas State Board of Education adopts new textbooks, a process that begins with a review team that judges each book based on curriculum standards.

Dan Quinn with the Texas Freedom Network said much of that review board is made up of creationists that discount evolution.

"It’s important that public schools teach kids 21st century science that prepares them to succeed in college and to succeed in the jobs in our modern era," Quinn said. "We don’t need 18th century science being taught in 21st century classrooms."

Written By: Ryan Poppe
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    • In reply to #1 by OriginalSamshu:

      Aren’t Texans the best argument against evolution? In your FACE Dawkins!

      I would say they’re proof for evolution, or at least that it is possible for the human race to de-evolve.

      • In reply to #21 by old-toy-boy:

        In reply to #1 by OriginalSamshu:

        Aren’t Texans the best argument against evolution? In your FACE Dawkins!

        On the other hand, seeing Texans become extinct prooves evolution.

        But I’m a Texan… waahh! :P

        —-//—-

        Thankfully teaching creationism is unconstitutional. Unfortunately you can always pay to have your children learn Intelligent Design at a private school, and there is the problem that ID just won’t go away.

        I’m glad the Texas Freedom Network is here to oppose creationists on the BOE.

      • In reply to #21 by old-toy-boy:

        On the other hand, seeing Texans become extinct prooves evolution.

        But the creationists are not becoming extinct1 Only their higher brain powers are becoming extinct.

        The sheeple-herd is still browsing on oil. When their oil runs out and their deserts heat up by another 10°c maybe!

  1. On what grounds will evolution be questioned I wonder? Argumentum ad ignorantiam, that’s what!

    What kind of education system has that kind of basis? A very very dangerous one indeed!!

    Added to which is stupid, stubborn incorrigiblility; they refuse to learn and wilfully pass on their ignorance to their children.

    Insufferable vanity and arrogance.

  2. A political nonprofit has filed a petition with the state alleging that creationists on the State Board of Education are planning to adopt textbooks that discount the theory of evolution.

    Why would any sane state put scientific illiterates on a panel to review science textbooks? Surely some professional scientific and educational expertise is required!

    • In reply to #3 by Alan4discussion:

      A political nonprofit has filed a petition with the state alleging that creationists on the State Board of Education are planning to adopt textbooks that discount the theory of evolution.

      Why would any sane state put scientific illiterates on a panel to review science textbooks? Surely some profes…

      Remember this is the same state whose governor sponsored a day of prayer as a response to a massive drought.

      • Yes, but this is a remedy that doesn’t cost the state anything!

        In reply to #4 by Red Dog:

        In reply to #3 by Alan4discussion:

        A political nonprofit has filed a petition with the state alleging that creationists on the State Board of Education are planning to adopt textbooks that discount the theory of evolution.

        Why would any sane state put scientific illiterates on a panel to review sc…

        • In reply to #8 by Matt G:

          Yes, but this is a remedy that doesn’t cost the state anything!

          Do you think that a scientificly illiterate population costs the state more or less money ?

          I recall a favorite management proverb, ‘ If you think training cost money, try ignorance’.

    • In reply to #3 by Alan4discussion:

      Why would any sane state put scientific illiterates on a panel to review science textbooks? Surely some professional scientific and educational expertise is required!

      Because it fits their agenda to do so. We want science in the science classroom, and so work to achieve that. They want religion in the classroom, and so work to achieve that.

      If it surprises you that this can be done in Texas, look at the makeup of the federal House Committee for Science, Space and Technology!

      • In reply to #19 by downshifter:

        Because it fits their agenda to do so. We want science in the science classroom, and so work to achieve that. They want religion in the classroom, and so work to achieve that.

        If it surprises you that this can be done in Texas, look at the makeup of the federal House Committee for Science, Space and Technology!

        I suppose that what goes on in the Southern US should not surprise me. You see there is a massive contrast in the approach to education.

        My children would never have been inflicted with this nonsense for various reasons – The UK National Curriculum and inspection system, the attitude to science in UK Local Education Authority (state) schools, the fact that I was a governor / Chair of the board of governors of their schools, and a member of the committee supervising the Education department. Working at it does pay off!

  3. “We don’t need 18th century science being taught in 21st century classrooms.”

    18th century science? That’s actually giving the creationists too much credit. Let’s try bronze-age mythology.

  4. It has become boring. In the end, who cares what a stateful of reactionary Yanks think? The future doesn’t belong to them, thank Darwin (Peace be Upon him!), it belongs to China, India, Brazil and Old Europe. The quicker the better!

    • Sadly, the size of Texas and the magnitude of its text book purchases makes the publishers pander to the Texas requirements. Many smaller states without the resources that Texas can command buy the same text books as a cost-saving measure. So you might not like Texas and put down its citizens but they can’t be ignored. Stop the woo merchants there and the result could be spectacular.

      In reply to #9 by Kevin Murrell:

      It has become boring. In the end, who cares what a stateful of reactionary Yanks think? The future doesn’t belong to them, thank Darwin (Peace be Upon him!), it belongs to China, India, Brazil and Old Europe. The quicker the better!

  5. I appreciate this article but I wish the author had not specified this religious nonsense as 18th century “science”. It’s 1st century superstition, ignorance, and already debunked by the evidence discovered by rational scientific thinkers over a century after this nonsense was believed.

    • In reply to #13 by WeaponizedRhetoric:

      I appreciate this article but I wish the author had not specified this religious nonsense as 18th century “science”. It’s 1st century superstition, ignorance, and already debunked by the evidence discovered by rational scientific thinkers over a century after this nonsense was believed.

      Its totally accurate to call it 18th century science. William Paley’s “watchmaker analogy” argument was very much in keeping with the mechanistic, Newtonian world view that was prevalent at the time.

  6. Let us question the bible, religion, the pro slavery movement, the pro life movement, the anti gay marriage movement, ….the list is endless, isn’t it. This would never happen in Europe. I guess the Texsans are backward people living in caves.

  7. There’s a very good book available for study material that questions evolution very thouroughly on every chapter. it asks every questoin a scool kid could ask, and every question a scientist might ask and what’s more since it was first published over 150 years ago it’s available as open source material

  8. This is the state that has elected and reelected Rick Perry. Unfortunately democracy requires an educated electorate and that is something America has less and less of. Republicans thrive only in places where the people are ignorant so it is politically smart for them to continue to weaken the education system. They do not seem to realize or care that education is what made this nation great. They are exploiting the ignorance of the masses for their own benefit with little to no regard for the health of their “host” making them parasites in my opinion. Democrats are little better although compared to the current Republicans they seem wonderful.

  9. In reply to #23 by Sean_W:

    In reply to #21 by old-toy-boy:

    In reply to #1 by OriginalSamshu:

    Aren’t Texans the best argument against evolution? In your FACE Dawkins!

    On the other hand, seeing Texans become extinct prooves evolution.

    But I’m a Texan… waahh! :P

    —-//—-

    Thankfully teaching creationism is unconstitutio…

    What’s to teach? “Now children, we all know that God made the world in six days, and took a sickie on the seventh. Every stone, star, tree, bug, volcano, ocean, animal, bird, fish, mammal, bloke, shiela and kipper. That ends the science course, and there is nothing else to learn. Time for a prayer break.”

      • In reply to #26 by Sean_W:

        Ha! Tell me you don’t believe creationism is an impoverished view! The Bible is the greatest book ever written; civilization owes its existence to it.

        It seems nobody told the Indian kingdoms and Chinese empires, so somehow they managed for centuries without it!

  10. In reply to #26 by Sean_W:

    In reply to #25 by Kevin Murrell:

    Ha! Tell me you don’t believe creationism is an impoverished view! The Bible is the greatest book ever written; civilization owes its existence to it.

    Most of it wasn’t written. It shows all the characteristics of oral composition, and by many different people, over a very long period. It is a collection, and the tales in it are amalgams, enhancements, borrowings, poems, metaphors, folk stories, propaganda etc. It is in fact a miscellany, and a pretty eclectic one at that. It was written down long after it was composed.

  11. Some Texans assume that to be a good patriotic American you also need to be a good god fearing Christian, nothing could be further than the truth, a patriotic American or any nationality in my view questions everything and when so many questions are asked its very hard for bullshit to take hold, when one allows bullshite to take hold you have a situation where a state boards for education are ran by people who believe that humans made leather saddles and attached them to dinosaurs.

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