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Breaking News from TFN: A Big Win, but…

Posted by Texas Education on January 22, 2009

Just two days ago, President Barack Obama spoke of the need to “restore science to its rightful place” and promised to “transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.”

Texas took a big step toward this new age of science today. But some new obstacles have appeared along the path.

Just hours ago, the State Board of Education (SBOE) voted 8-7 to reject efforts by creationists to reinsert into draft curriculum standards sweeping language — “strengths and weaknesses” — used to undermine sound science education. If this vote stands, a key weapon creationists have used to attack evolution will be swept from the standards.

But creationists on the board managed to sneak through other changes that complicate important parts of the standards. One change would have students question a core concept of evolutionary biology, common descent. It was a stunning display of arrogance, with the board’s far-right faction pretending to know more about science than the teachers and scientists who crafted the standards draft.

Clearly, then, this is not a time to be complacent. The Texas Freedom Network is redoubling our critical efforts. In fact, we’re working around the clock to fight off the radical right’s dangerous attempts to undermine our children’s science education and their chances to succeed in college and the jobs of the future.

The final vote on the science curriculum standards is slated for March — only a few weeks away! So the battle is not over and we can not succeed without your urgently needed help.

Today, I urge you to take 2 actions:

  1. Make a special donation to TFN in honor of educators, innovators, researchers and all those committed to teaching sound science over political ideology.
  2. Sign the Stand Up for Science petition and forward this message to friends and family so that they can lend their names to this important cause.

Thank you for all you do for TFN. You are a critical partner in our work, and together we can Stand Up for Science!

Sincerely,
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Kathy Miller
President

P.S. Don’t forget to forward the Stand Up for Science petition to your friends and family so that they may add their name to our efforts. Click here to forward this important message.

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3 Responses to “Breaking News from TFN: A Big Win, but…”

  1. tlsringer said

    My son heard talk about this yesterday and his suggestion was “Teach both concepts…evolution and creationism”. That is what we did in our homeschool. And btw, my son is an atheist and but he believes as I do in learning about both sides of an issue. Isn’t it better to give someone the facts and then let them decide on their own what they believe or support? Shouldn’t the Texas Freedom Network work towards making both sides of an issue available to everyone? Isn’t that what freedom is about? Why does it always have to be only the left or the right’s point of view? Why can’t concessions be made on both sides. If I am tolerant of a group that I don’t agree with, why can’t they do the same for me?

  2. Tlsringer,

    I understand you and your sons points. But, the whole idea behind this controversy is that both contradict each other. What the scientists and those behind them are saying is evolution is hard facts, and should be taught in the schools, whereas creationism is a belief and should be taught in the church. That’s it. So, trying to teach creationism is just not a good idea to teach in the schools. We must also remember the separation of church and state!

  3. rich4life79 said

    Wow, I didn’t realize “belief” in evolution was the job of the state. I completely understand evolution, and believe it should be taught. But why must I believe there are no weaknesses to evolution? I have friends who have PhD’s from some the premier universities in the US and they talk freely about the weaknesses of evolution. I’m a lead engineer at one of the world’s largest engineering companies and I find many tenants of evolution unlikely and in some cases impossible. My “unbelief” in evolution didn’t stop my career. True academic freedom means discussing the major views not just the one promoted by some scientist. Many in my profession believe intelligent design is the only answer. It can be debated whether Intelligence came from a God or from beings from other planets, as Richard Dawkins as proposed. But, both the weaknesses and alternative views should be discussed.

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