Texas has a new proposed science curriculum which does open the door for critical thinking about evolution. What special interest groups are very concerned up to the point where some groups are upset about it, is the fact that Creationists and Intelligent Design proponents were appointed to the Texas review panel. This review panel will help decide how science is taught in Texas.
There is actually a balance of viewpoints on the panel, there are 3 people who endorse some sort of alternative conclusion either creationism or ID and 3 people who support evolution only.
On the Evolutionist Side
1) Gerald Skoog, professor and dean emeritus of the College of Education at Texas Tech and co-director of the Center for Integration of Science Education and Research. A pro-evolution activist who doesn’t believe in critical thinking and is a crowd favorite among militant atheists.
2) Ronald K. Wetherington, professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence. A pro-evolution activist who opposed having a Design vs Evolution conference in Southern Methodist University. A favorite among atheists.
3) David Hillis, professor of integrative biology and director of the Center of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the University of Texas at Austin. A pro evolutionist activist who spoke at the special interest conference in favor of removing “strengths and weakness” being taught in public schools. Another militant atheist favorite.
On the Creationist and Intelligent Design Side…
1) Stephen Meyer, has a Ph.D. in history and the philosophy of science. He was one of the co-founders are the intelligent design movement which started back in the mid 90s. Meyer is currently vice president and senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture.
2) Ralph Seelke, a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, where he obtained his Ph.D. in microbiology. He been a Professor at UW-Superior since 1989.
3) Charles Garner, a graduate University of Colorado where he obtained his Ph.D. in Chemistry. Staff Scientist, Procter & Gamble Miami Valley Laboratories, 1986-87 and currently is working at Baylor University.
“It’s simply stunning that any state board members would even consider appointing authors of an anti-evolution textbook to a panel of scientists,” she said. “Are they coming here to help write good science standards or to drum up a market for their lousy textbook?” —Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller
No Kathy, they are not required to implement your slant for writing science standards. Texas education is in good hands, both sides are represented well, and most likely students there will actually learn more about evolution by being exposed to seeing the weak points of it, than being indoctrinate by it.
It will be a major battle with special interests, but it also going to be an interesting battle within the panel itself. It’s the most diverse (as far as conclusions about evolution) group I have seen in public education.
A classic example of being “indoctrinated” by evolution is when someone (evolutionist) is debating you that RNA can survive in water for long periods of time when in fact it dissolves in water because of the presence of oxygen.
This sort of bias should not be a science standard in public schools. By allowing other viewpoints to be heard will actually help science standards not treat natural science as though it were religious dogma but treating true science as representing a structured discipline of systematic examination for the purpose of obtaining knowledge.