A final victory in Texas


"[A] special expert panel has given unanimous approval to the Pearson biology textbook whose adoption by the Texas State Board of Education … last month had been tripped up by allegations that it contained 'factual errors,'" reports the Texas Freedom Network on its TFN Insider blog (December 17, 2013). 

As NCSE previously reported, at its November 22, 2013, meeting, the board quarreled about whether to heed a review panel's criticisms of Kenneth R. Miller and Joseph Levine's popular biology textbook, published by Pearson, but decided to adopt it, contingent on the outcome of a further review by a panel of three outside experts. Subsequently, the names of the experts were divulged: Ronald Wetherington, a professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University and a recipient of NCSE's Friend of Darwin award; Arturo De Lozanne, a professor of molecular, cell, and developmental biology at the University of Texas, Austin; and Vincent Cassone, a professor of biology at the University of Kentucky (and formerly at Texas A&M University). As NCSE's Joshua Rosenau commented at the Science League of America blog (December 11, 2013), "it'll take about 5 minutes for them to dismiss the claims leveled against Pearson's Biology."

According to TFN, "A Texas Education Agency (TEA) spokesperson told us that it has forwarded the panel’s report to Pearson. TEA won't release the report publicly until Pearson has had a chance to review it, but our sources said all three panelists dismissed the claims of factual errors and recommended no changes to the textbook." 

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    • In reply to #1 by paulmcuk:

      Good, but a somewhat optimistic headline I fear!

      Yes, I would not have used the word “final” because there will most likely be some more delaying tactics used (i.e. Gov Rick could step in and issue some overruling proclamation that would have to be litigated), although, ultimately I do think the battle on this is over. Congrats to all on the side of fact and evidence!

  1. Hurrah! Until the next time when the TBOE goes through all this nonsense yet again. Hopefully though, when schools start using digital media more than hard copy textbooks, the creationists/global warming skeptics will have less and less power to influence anything.

    • In reply to #2 by I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing:

      when schools start using digital media more than hard copy textbooks, the creationists/global warming skeptics will have less and less power to influence anything

      Wishful thinking I fear. What’s to keep them off cretinist propaganda sites? Who’s gonna vet the filters?

  2. I think that in dealing with adolescence- it would be best for all adolescents concerned negotiating most of their adolescent life in the environment of a school, to be as comfortable with the facts of evolution as possible, so as to sleep easier knowing why as adolescents they are there, in school.

  3. A final victory in Texas

    Its not a victory in Texas, it would have been that regardless of which side won; its a victory for Texas (and the rest of the United States).

    Sadly its not a final victory, the forces of ignorance want power over people, and they use religion as the wedge to start controlling their victim’s thoughts

  4. Wonderful, wonderful news. I am really hoping that this decision sets a precedent in Texas, as they are one of the biggest textbook buyers in the U.S. I’m not cheering yet though, because the people on the other side of the educational fence usually always have a way of surreptitiously trying to sneak their pseudo-science back into public curriculum. But I’ll take what I can get. Hurray!

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