Texas: Making Education a Joke

These days we expect the anti-intellectual movement known as creationism to rear its head wearing “Intelligent Design” as a flimsy disguise.  Not in Texas!  Tony’s curricublog:

Would Texas state approval of the creationists’ masters degree program in “Science Education” jeopardize its satisfaction of the NCLB requirement for a “Highly Qualified Teacher” in every classroom, and its reciprocity arrangements for teacher qualification in other states?

In an editorial for the Edmond (OK) Sun, with the headline Knowing difference between science, religion important in schools, Dennis Weigand warns against the danger of Oklahoma being plagued by the kind of anti-science-education efforts seen now and recently in the neighboring states of Kansas and Texas.

This will have serious and lasting impact on Texans, and unfortunately, the rest of us when they move to other states and start doing things like voting or speaking out loud.

what if it’s not just Texas students, but the science teachers in that state who are not well enough educated in the sciences that they can tell the “the difference between science and religion”?

What we have here is an attempt to kill the ability of some students to reason.  Reason, in the view of some religious proponents, must be restricted so as not to approach the pearly gates of faith.  “Keep your Reason off my Bible” might as well become the new slogan for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  To see specifically what the approved program will be:

to get a good overview of the program without clicking through the pages on their site, you can visit this post on Ed Darrell’s blog.

This is ridiculous.  It is an assault on the quality of education provided by the state, separation of church and state, and the ability of Texas students to live and flourish in a world that runs on science.

I wonder what Mike Huckabee’s or Ron Paul’s take on this would be?  (For more on creationism, evolution, and the candidates: the Carpetbagger Report).

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3 Responses

  1. sweet, maybe now I can take some creationism classes to raise my gpa. every answer has got to be god did it. But hey not everybody in texas believes in creationism, only everybody I know besides about 4 people. Luckily one of those is my dad. He makes me proud.

  2. Heh. How embarrassing would it be to get an F in creationism class? (And how seriously will GPA’s from Texas be taken?)

    Is your Dad a high school teacher?

  3. In case you haven’t heard, take a minute to read about Christina Comer, former Director of Science at TEA, who was fired for forwarding to a science listserv an email announcement from the National Center for Science Education promoting a talk by Barbara Forrester, an expert witness in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
    Here is the link to the wikipedia article that can serve as a starting place.

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