Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Texas Fundies At It Again

It is said that because of the sheer volume of text books bought by Texas schools, what they want put into those text books often ends up in the books used by the rest of the country. With that in mind the fact that the religious right has all but taken control of their school boards and state house should be sending shivers down the spines of those wishing to keep religion out of our public schools.

Just a few months ago a Texas legislator tried to pass a bill that would have effectively made teaching science a thing of the past by making telling teachers they must give out A's to students based on their beliefs, not on the curriculum.
Don’t believe in the theory of relativity?

Students wouldn’t have to and could not be penalized for it in school under proposed legislation filed Friday.

Teachers could not be penalized, either, if they reject plate tectonics or the kinetic theory of gases.

The bill says that neither student nor teacher could be penalized for subscribing to any particular position on any scientific theories or hypotheses.

“Students could claim they believe anything they wanted in anything in science and if that’s what they say, the teacher would be forced to give that student an A,” said Steven Schafersman, president of Texas Citizens for Science. “That’s how bad this bill is written.”

But Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, who filed the bill, said it is not an out for students, because they must still be evaluated on course materials taught.

“They can be lazy if they want to .?.?. but teachers are still in charge of the grading system,” Christian said.

The bill does not address evolution specifically, but that seems to be its target. Its goal is to reintroduce the ability to teach “weaknesses” of scientific theories. After two days of heated debate, the State Board of Education narrowly voted this winter to remove a requirement that Texas public schools teach weaknesses in the theory of evolution.

Apparently not satisfied with an all out assault on science, the fundies on the state board of education fed by a panel of "experts" including a fundamentalist preacher are now trying to rewrite history.
The Christian right is making a fresh push to force religion onto the school curriculum in Texas with the state's education board about to consider recommendations that children be taught that there would be no United States if it had not been for God.

Members of a panel of experts appointed by the board to revise the state's history curriculum, who include a Christian fundamentalist preacher who says he is fighting a war for America's moral soul, want lessons to emphasise the part played by Christianity in the founding of the US and that religion is a civic virtue.

Maybe the Texas fundies should quit beating around the bush and just get on with their real agenda of getting rid of all text books and just teaching the bible instead? They are giving them out in some schools already anyways...

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