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Victory for evolution in Texas

By NCSE
Posted: July 22, 2011.

Print: National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

Pop the champagne corks. The Texas Board of Education has unanimously come down on the side of evolution. In an 8-0 vote, the board today approved scientifically accurate high school biology textbook supplements from established mainstream publishers—and did not approve the creationist-backed supplements from International Databases, LLC.

“This is a huge victory for Texas students and teachers,” said Josh Rosenau, NCSE programs and policy director, who testified at the hearings this week. In his testimony, Rosenau urged the board to approve the supplements—recommended by a review panel largely composed of scientists and science educators—without amendments, and to reject International Database’s creationist submission. The board did just that, and asked for only minimal changes to the approved supplements.

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As a Texan I’m glad to see science and reason prevail here.

posted on July 23, 2011
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As an ex-Texan myself, albeit when I was much younger, I am too!

posted on July 23, 2011
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This is great news!  I absolutely didnt see this coming.  I always thought Texas and the southern states would be wonderful places if not for the religious fundamenalist lunacy and all of its irrational by-products.  I really hope this marks the beginning of the end of the anti-evolution movement down there in the last bastion of xtian fundamentalist idiocy.

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This is changing my opinion of Texas. Great news from the south.

posted on July 23, 2011
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Texas is indeed a terrific place in many ways. I’ve lived here all my life, and having grown up in a Christian home it was at the University of Texas at Austin where I found the people and environment that helped me to learn to shed that indoctrination and think for myself.

If you ever visit Texas I encourage you to see Austin, or the surrounding areas (San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos) known as the Hill Country. It’s really a beautiful place and Austin is the best city in the state, by far. Houston and Dallas? Bleh.

posted on July 24, 2011
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Um, “LONE” Star State, surely?

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Now we need help here in Springboro Ohio where some members of our local school board are calling for supplemental Creationist materials for our biology classes. Yikes.

posted on August 2, 2011
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It’s terrifying that this has only just happened.

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Having lived in Texas during the aprox 2 decades as the state board was being packed with noodle heads I have to assume the there finally reached a point where businesses in Texas and politicians in Texas who wanted to continue to attarct and retain jobs that required a good education is math and or science, or thinking finally had to start putting some reality into the heads of those Republicans who have been forcing stupidity into the public schools as a required subject.

It has taken too long to come around and lets hope is is a lesson learned and one that will stay learned. http://trymaxload.com/

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