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Creationism Debate at Texas School Board

Creationism Debate at Texas School Board

A debate about evolution and intelligent design heated up at a Texas State School Board hearing this week.

The state school board is trying to decide if new science standards they set months ago are now being used by textbook publishers.

“Ironically, evolutionists argue that creationists want to force their religious views in the text, but just the teaching of biology does that,” says former board member Don Mcleroy.  “Teaching evolution demonstrates that is not how God did it.”

“Since true testimonial science trumps dogmatism,” he argued.  “Strike the final blow to the teaching of evolution, support the Bible and adopt these books.”

However, Kathy Miller with the Texas Freedom Network believes the book's version of evolution and science is too dumbed down.

“They've recommended everything from teaching creation science in all biology textbooks, which is actually unconstitutional, to including junk science,” she says.

Miller also believes are unqualified to decide.

“We really have to have experts reviewing these books so that we get the science right,” she argues.  “If we get the science right, then our kids will be successful in this country.”

Biology teacher Arturo Delozann agrees.

“Our students do not want to have watered down science taught in the schools,” he says.  “They want the latest and the most advanced science that is supported by, guess who?  By the experts of Texas and the country.”

The board will make its final decision about curriculum in November.

 

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