The battle in Texas is not over. Right now the state board of education is packed with people who make a living telling credulous people that evolution is not true. However, for the time being, things are a-ok according to science educators.
“It appears that publishers have done a good job resisting political pressure to weaken instruction on evolution with junk science in their new textbooks,” said Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund. “That should be reassuring for parents who want their kids to get a science education that prepares them for college and a 21st century economy. But we’re already seeing signs that the pressure on publishers will increase in the coming months.”
The TFN Education Fund asked science doctoral candidates at UT-Austin and SMU to review more than a dozen biology textbooks and online products publishers submitted for consideration by the State Board of Education (SBOE) in April. Their reviews found that the textbooks and online materials affirm evolution as factual, mainstream science. In addition, the textbooks reject arguments that the fossil record and a wealth of other scientific evidence are insufficient to support evolution.
I’ll take “things I didn’t expect” for a hundred, Alex.