Texas School Board Set to Vote on Challenge to Evolution

Want another reason why science literacy is not just important but as essential as being able to read and write?

The Texas Board of Education will vote this week on a new science curriculum designed to challenge the guiding principle of evolution, a step that could influence what is taught in biology classes across the nation. [wsj via slashdot]

Why is this problematic and very scary? Because publishing textbooks costs a lot of money and having multiple versions for different states would cost more… and since Texas has such a large share of the market, they are likely to get what they want. Why do research when you can just make it up as you go and legislate it! How about we vote on whether or not lead can be changed to gold?

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