Sunday, July 17, 2011

Texas Board of Education Will Debate Evolution In Selecting Supplemental Science Materials

The Texas Independent reported Friday that this week the Texas State Board of Education will again be debating evolution as it meets to select supplemental science curriculum materials for public schools. New Board chairman Barbara Cargill, a former science teacher, told the Texas Eagle Forum that she is one of only 'six true conservative Christians on the board." Cargill favors schools teaching  the "strengths and weaknesses" of the theory of evolution. Proponents of that view now want to introduce that focus in supplemental materials, since the board rejected that language for curriculum standards in 2009. (See prior posting.) It is unclear how four new Republican board members will vote.