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Creationists on Texas School Board Prevail: Watered-Down Science Coming to Your Kids’ Textbooks

The flat-earthers win.

The State Board of Education on Friday passed science curriculum standards that members described as a compromise between those who are critical of teaching evolutionary theories without scrutiny and those who feared attacks on evolution would lead to the teaching of creationism in Texas schools…The new standards remove current requirements that students be taught the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories. Instead, teachers will be required to have students scrutinize "all sides" of the theories.

The Discovery Institute, which encourages teaching that the universe is the product of an intelligent designer, called the vote "a huge victory for those who favor teaching the scientific evidence for and against evolution."

It could’ve been even worse. And again, this is why you should care.

Because of its size, Texas could influence what publishers print in books used in other states.

And it’s not just evolution that’s rebuked.

The State Board of Education on Friday adopted standards on the teaching of global warming that appear to both question its existence and prod students to explore its implications.

The chairman of the state board, Don McLeroy, called the standards "perfectly good."

"Conservatives like me think the evidence (for human contributions to global warming) is a bunch of hooey," McLeroy said.

What does the analysis of scientific evidence have to do with politics? For theocrats like McLeroy, everything.

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