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I can't Believe this is Happening

The Houston Chronicle reported that a textbook publisher is putting creationism in Texas biology textbooks. Here is the link: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/metropolitan/2038887

What is next for Texas?

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scienceguru
Aug. 14th, 2003 09:43 pm (UTC)
my two nickels...
It does not surprise me that Holt is the publisher involved in this latest fiasco about biology texts. Holt is the publisher of the biology books currently used in Plano, and was NOT the book I voted for 6 years ago when we were up for book adoption. When I got around to teaching evolution, I had to address it in class because the kids would read the book and ask questions about it, and it was rather unnerving. The same creationist slant is in the current book as well, which made me incredibly uncomfortable as a teacher, because I firmly believe that religion needs to be kept OUT of a science classroom and OUT of a public school setting.

This is what happens when your born-again former Governor is President. This should scare you as an educator, because now ALL publishers, not just Holt, are going to attempt to cater to the religious right. And this is going to happen in ALL textbooks, not just science books. They will place heavy emphasis on Judeo-Christian values and ideals, which will do nothing more than alienate and divide us all.

I am not looking forward to this year's round of book adoptions. I am glad that in Allen, we use the Glencoe text (which I voted for 6 years ago, but was shot down) which makes no mention of a divine creation as far as formation of the earth and diversity of species is concerned. I'm also glad that I'll be choosing a college-level text, which doesn't mention divine creation or "intelligent design" whatsoever.

I hate being a biology teacher in Texas sometimes.
lonestarslp
Aug. 14th, 2003 09:49 pm (UTC)
Re: my two nickels...
I am so glad that you ARE a biology teacher and that there are others like you so that our kids get a decent education. Thanks for sticking up for them. Personally, I think the right-wingers that got on the Texas School Board are also a serious problem. Their election is not high profile, so the nut-cases sneak on the board and cause trouble.
scienceguru
Aug. 14th, 2003 09:55 pm (UTC)
Re: my two nickels...
Thank you for the compliment! I agree, the school board election needs to be much more high profile than it is, because I don't think people realize just how much power that group has over the education their children receive. :(
dragonflylover
Aug. 14th, 2003 11:05 pm (UTC)
and here I thought
that all Texans loved our illustrious leader! that's what you'd think after seeing the Dixie Chick's fiasco ;)

Seriously, I am also very grateful that we have teachers in Texas who feel that creationism has no place in Science. It must be very tough sometimes because I would imagine some of your colleagues see no problem with creationism being in textbooks.



scienceguru
Aug. 15th, 2003 10:09 am (UTC)
Re: and here I thought
This is one Texan that thinks our "illustrious leader" is leading us back to the 19th century. :(

And thanks for the compliment. :)

It is actually harder dealing with the kids with this topic than it is my colleagues. The kids haven't learned to control their inner monologues yet at this age (14-17) and still spout off whatever's coming through their head without giving much consideration to the consequences.
klarfax
Aug. 14th, 2003 10:04 pm (UTC)
it's the damn right-wing Texas politicians allowing that to happen. ugh
scripty
Aug. 15th, 2003 12:54 am (UTC)
There MAY be some good to come from this, IF those who both write/instruct the "subject" of creationism, do so from a scientific perspective.

Which would be, to reveal creationism as a non scientific process, one that is not within the realm of science, but of philosophy.

I've heard so many people who are devoted to creationism, attempt to ridicule science -- particularly as to evolution -- as being a "mere philosophical perspective" (which makes them justified, according to themselves, as to the acceptability of creationism as a "scientific" perspective [?!?!]), and that only indicates to anyone with an understanding of science how little creationists actually understand.

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lonestarslp
Aug. 15th, 2003 05:39 am (UTC)
Lol! I went to elementary school in Alabama, and I would have to agree.
bookgirl27
Aug. 15th, 2003 11:20 am (UTC)
That's about the dumbest thing I've ever heard. And we wonder why American children are behind Europeans. The biology textbook should contain the theories that are most widely accepted by the profession, instead of trying to please religious conservatives.
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