Creationists on Texas Panel for Biology Textbooks

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One is a nutritionist who believes “creation science” based on biblical principles should be taught in the classroom. Another is a chemical engineer who is listed as a “Darwin Skeptic” on the Web site of the Creation Science Hall of Fame. A third is a trained biologist who also happens to be a fellow of the Discovery Institute, the Seattle-based center of the intelligent-design movement and a vice president at an evangelical ministry in Plano, Tex.

 

As Texas gears up to select biology textbooks for use by high school students over the next decade, the panel responsible for reviewing submissions from publishers has stirred controversy because a number of its members do not accept evolution and climate change as scientific truth.

In the state whose governor, Rick Perry, boasted as a candidate for president that his schools taught both creationism and evolution, the State Board of Education, which includes members who hold creationist views, helped nominate several members of the textbook review panel. Others were named by parents and educators. Prospective candidates could also nominate themselves. The state’s education commissioner, Michael L. Williams, a Perry appointee and a conservative Republican, made the final appointments to the 28-member panel. Six of them are known to reject evolution.

Some Texans worry that ideologically driven review panel members and state school board members are slowly eroding science education in the state.

Written By: Motoko Rich
continue to source article at nytimes.com

20 COMMENTS

    • In reply to #2 by serfdood:

      Third panelist is a “trained biologist”. Apparently not trained very well, if at all. Trained does not equate to practicing.

      Yeah, like in trained Liberty University style? xD

      • In reply to #3 by Okeydoke:

        In reply to #2 by serfdood:

        Third panelist is a “trained biologist”. Apparently not trained very well, if at all. Trained does not equate to practicing.

        Yeah, like in trained Liberty University style? xD

        Maybe he got his B.S degree in “Creationary Biology”? Emphasis on the B.S. :-D

        • In reply to #7 by serfdood:

          In reply to #3 by Okeydoke:

          In reply to #2 by serfdood:

          Third panelist is a “trained biologist”. Apparently not trained very well, if at all. Trained does not equate to practicing.

          Yeah, like in trained Liberty University style? xD

          Maybe he got his B.S degree in “Creationary Biology”?

          Not the one who is unemployable as a biologist except by “Answers in Genesis” and The “Creation Museum” perhaps?

          http://www.answersingenesis.org/outreach/speakers/georgia-purdom/bio/

          As a former biology professor, Dr. Purdom has the experience necessary to make scientific concepts understandable to a wide variety of people. She has both general and in-depth presentations and is a regular speaker in the Creation Museum Speaker Series. In addition, she has spoken at many AiG conferences.

          Dr. Purdom also has published papers in the 2008 Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism and Answers Research Journal. In addition, she has numerous lay-friendly and semi-technical articles in Answers magazine and on the AiG website.

          Doesn’t that sound like really wonderful pseudo-scientifically self-important crapology? !

          Answers Research Journal.

          Ha! ha! ha! ha! ha!

          Dr. Purdom is a member of the Creation Research Society and serves on the editorial board and executive council of BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group. She serves as a peer reviewer for Answers Research Journal and Creation Research Science Quarterly. Dr. Purdom, along with Dr. Joseph Francis of Master’s College, are co-founders of the Microbe Forum. This forum sponsors research, collaboration, and conferences in the field of creation microbiology.

          These comic publications, should be recognised as fake pseudo-peer-reviewed “pseudo-journals” where creationist drivel is “reviewed” by creationists, so that muppet followers can dishonestly quote them as the “peer-reviewed scientific journals” which they are not.

          Lying for Jesus carried to a new level of deception!

  1. You are witnessing the “fall of the Roman Empire”. History does repeat itself; it echoes. Too bad, those in power are so poorly educated that they are sprinting towards the precipice gladly bringing the rest of us with them. The ship can sink, as longas everyone on it is singing the same hymns.

    Rick Perry is a gaping asshole. His wife recently came out with a statement that abortion is a woman’s right or choice or something that surely made him raise his hand to her.

    • In reply to #4 by crookedshoes:
      What makes you think she SAID anything? This is Pope Perry we’re talking about. She could’ve just been “outside the kitchen without authorization.”

      You know how women are viewed in Texas.

  2. “Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake”
    ~ Napoleon

    So many horrible ideas have come out of Texas I am tempted to cheer the textbook loons. They are intent on taking Texas to third world economic status where they will have considerably less influence. They are making the exact same error than Islam made in 1400 that took it out of contention for world dominance.

  3. If I were a creationist,I would be ashamed to tell anyone that an all wise, all powerful, all knowing , benevolent deity was responsible for my “design”,because frankly, the design sucks.What the hell was HE WHO MUST BE OBEYED thinking when he picked up that handful of dirt?
    As someone put it,”entertainment area next to sewage removal’. Great design, o lord god.

    There is the sex act,which when you think of it is kinda odd and comical. Then pregnancy.Yep, as a mother I can tell you,certainly not fun and games.Why Lord? What have you against women? Oh I see, It was that apple,curse it!

    Childbirth,owwwww!!.
    Think of the many diseases that we are vulnerable to.Think of the excruciating pain, both physical mental and emotional which is the lot of every human being.Think of death,at last and the decay of the body.Nasty design.And a malevolent, sadistic,god with a warped sense of humour.

    The idea of creation makes no sense in the light of all we now know.

    Enough said, I think.Yes, I am proud to say that I evolved.A long arduous process and here we are enjoying the sunshine for an all too short period of time.Wondrous.

  4. oh just let them yeah? I’m with Roedy on this.

    it’s a shame there’ll be intelligent kids possibly missing out on a good education but if/when they discover their education is lacking there are plenty of free resources to catch up these days but the governemt of texas should not be hampered in their quest to become an international laughing stock

  5. You are all missing an important feature of why Texas is this strategic focal point for text book controversy. We never hear of Rhode Island text book battles…. you know why?

    As the largest purchaser of textbooks in the country, what Texas demands to be included in their textbooks will be what is distributed to the rest of the states, secondhand. Texas controls text books for the US. If they successfully infuse creationist horse shit into biology textbooks, the rest of the country will be forced to accept the books down the road.

    So Texas fucks us all. They are not an island, they are a wedge state involved in a wedge strategy for the creationists.

    • In reply to #13 by crookedshoes:

      As the largest purchaser of textbooks in the country, what Texas demands to be included in their textbooks will be what is distributed to the rest of the states, secondhand. Texas controls text books for the US. If they successfully infuse creationist horse shit into biology textbooks, the rest of the country will be forced to accept the books down the road.

      It would seem it is time for science to kick the cretinist publishers of paper garbage into touch!
      Pilot schemes like these are already being tested.

      Linux Netbook Project for Primary Schools

      With around £12,000 budget to spend on renewing the ICT suite for it’s pupils, this UK State Primary School with around 110 5-11 year olds has implemented 60 new Edubuntu netbooks allow for two classes of 30 children to each be able to use a computer.

      Windows and Mac alternatives were considered but were found to be much more expensive. This would have resulted in far fewer computers being available to the school.

      The school intends to use the computers for wide use across the whole National Curriculum. The school is aiming to make greater use of a web-based virtual learning environment (VLE) and this deployment will enable full and easy access to this resource.

      (UK) The Lancashire Grid for Learning – http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/ictservices/ictcentre/index.php?category-id=339

      More recently we have started using Samsung NC10 netbooks (netbook projects- phase 2). These devices like many newer netbooks have a better battery life and a larger keyboard than the original netbooks (2008 project) we evaluated.

      Australia:-
      http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/archive/pages/netbook.aspx

      Almost 10,000 school children will receive netbook computers through the Victorian Government Netbook Project, an exciting new educational program.

      Families participating in the Netbook Project will lease a wireless-enabled computer for their child for $52 a year, the equivalent of $1 a week.

      The Netbook Project is a trial program involving more than 340 schools.

  6. Well as if it’s not bad enough that millions of children (including those in the U.S) are brainwashed from a very early age to believe in a god, now these pathetic, dangerous, insane idiots and poor excuses for intelligent human beings want to try to do the same to the ones that the early-forced dogma missed.

    What is wrong with these people? What is wrong with your country where this idiocy can actually be happening? This is not a movie, this is the next generation we are talking about. Some of whom will have power in the future.

    It is sickening and extremely worrying. I am glad I will be gone before these idiots actually achieve what they are trying to do. We’ve wrecked this planet enough, and now these freaks want to do the same with intelligent and free-thinking society.

  7. It’s not a representitve panel. If only 6 of 28 members reject evolution that’s 21%, and a quicky wiki check shows 31% of the people in the USA prefer young Earth creationism. Only 22% believe in godless evolution.

    • In reply to #16 by A3Kr0n:

      It’s not a representitve panel. If only 6 of 28 members reject evolution that’s 21%, and a quicky wiki check shows 31% of the people in the USA prefer young Earth creationism. Only 22% believe in godless evolution.

      True!
      But advisory panels on science are not supposed to be representative of the population’s ignorance. They are supposed to be expert judges of the accuracy of the science, and experts on the levels of presentation matching the abilities of audience being educated.

  8. Democracy is the fairest system i can think of unless you imagine three wolves and a sheep all about to cast their votes on ‘what to have for dinner’.
    it seems that the creationists are tring to gain a majority in the state boards in order to be able to out vote the remaining sheep and force their unproven, anti scientific shit peddling Flintstones books into the classroom.

  9. “because a number of its members do not accept evolution and climate change as scientific truth.”
    As opposed to other varieties of truth ?!?

    “one in eight said they taught creationism or its cousin, intelligent design,”

    Cousin, really? Why not just call it its bastard son if you had any interest at all in having your metaphor actually comport at least somewhat with reality.

    “In Texas, the debate has each side borrowing from the other to make its point. Those who challenge evolution invoke the scientists Carl Sagan and Richard Dawkins, while those who plead for the sanctity of science cite Genesis and the Book of Job.”

    Here we again see how the US mainstream media is an unwitting collaborator with obscurantism. The entire article bends over backwards to achieve a perfect balance between the “two sides”. To make dead sure that the illusion of perfect impartiality is maintained so that neither author nor publication can be accused of bias. This would be a laudable attribute of journalism if there actually were two sides.

    Anyone scientifically uneducated (hordes of those people in the US) would come away from this article thinking there were two sides that could resolve this by just meeting in the middle somewhere.

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