On November 6, the Texas State Board of Education voted 11-4 to
adopt ALL the biology books on the CONFORMING list subject only to normal error correction by the
TEA staff. On November 7, all the books were adopted unanimously by voice vote with no dissent. I am
happy to report that the biology texts were not censored, weakened, or modified in any way that would
reduce their scientific accuracy, especially about the topics of evolution and the origin of life.
Four anti-evolutionists on the Board did attempt to adopt only two biology books on
the conforming list and adopt the others on the nonconforming list, thereby reducing their sales,
but they failed in this attempt. Details of the events that transpired will appear
here shortly. Please be patient while I work to summarize, write, and prepare
for web publication a great amount of material for educational and historical purposes.
This result is a great victory for Texas (and national) scientists, science
educators, and--most of all--high school biology students. Everyone who worked on this project to
protect the integrity of high school biology books should feel proud.
Texas Scientists, Teachers Agree on Teaching
Evolution "As scientists and
teachers who live and work in Texas, we write to urge the Texas State
Board of Education to choose only textbooks that present accepted,
peer-reviewed science and pedagogical expertise. We believe that such
a process leads to strong curricula of the highest quality, accuracy,
and pedagogical appropriateness." (more). Signed by more than
550 Texas scientists. (Document will download or open as a PDF
Lawyers for Public Justice, a
national public interest law firm, filed a First Amendment lawsuit on
October 30 against Texas State Board of Education officials, charging
that their November 2001 decision to reject an environmental science
textbook for use in public high schools constitutes censorship in
violation of the U.S. Constitution.
Charter Schools are
Anti-Science A new push by
religious-activist William Bennett to sell the concept of virtual
charter schools in Texas will have anti-science implications.
Bennett's K-12 curriculum is religious-based and plans to
misrepresent evolution. The Texas SBOE will vote on this
ill-conceived project November 7.
Member Don McLeroy's Contemptible
Strategy to play one
publisher against the others in a cynical attempt to damage the
biology textbooks by weakening their evolution content.
Special Hearing Page contains
news, press releases, talking points, op-ed articles, testimony, and
links for the hearings before the SBOE, including information about
the creationist efforts to mislead the SBOE about the evolutionary
science content of biology textbooks. The biology textbook
adoption vote is November 7, so please contact your SBOE member as
soon as possible.
for Better Science Education: The True
Story! The TBSE is not really
in favor of high quality science education. Instead, it consists of
anti-evolutionists and creationists who want to weaken the evolution
content of our modern high school biology textbooks.
Citizens for Science Responds to Latest Discovery Institute
Challenge! This page has been
attracting national attention for revealing the latest deceptions and
misrepresentations of the Disovery Institute. Read it and see
National Center for Science Education
Response to the Discovery Institute's press
releases regarding Texas biology textbook changes. NCSE explains that the publishers'
changes were minor and did not weaken or distort the textbooks' presentation of
evolution in the way that the Discovery Institute wished. Instead, the biology texts
continue to present evolution and evolutionary theory in a scientifically-accurate manner.
What It Is and What It Isn't
Report on the Montgomery County College Evolution
Houston Chronicle has published
several editorials, op-ed columns, and letters about the Texas
biology textbook adoption controversy, including an op-ed column by
TCS President Steven Schafersman in response to anti-evolutionists of
the Discovery Institute and on the State Board of Education. Contains
Teri Leo's and Don McLeroy's anti-scientific letters and the TCS's
reasoned replies to them that reveals their unethical distortions and
misrepresentations about evolutionary theory.
Academic Intelligent Design Controversy: William Dembski and Baylor
University Compilation of reports,
essays, articles, and reviews of the 2000 controversy about the
formation of the Baylor University Michael Polanyi Center for
intelligent design studies and its ultimate dissolution and Dembski's
about the textbook adoption controversy in
Texas Questions and answers about
the players, organizations, issues, and agendas of the evolution v.
creation controversy in Texas.
Texas Citizens for Science requests donations from its members and
supporters to enable it to continue its work opposing anti-evolutionists in Texas
who wish to damage biology textbooks. We need to continue monitoring the
Texas State Board of Education when it votes on biology textbook adoption. Please donate
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Last updated: 8 November