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01:45 PM on 08/07/2013
as long as they do not influence any other state's text books
by all means we already know Texas is a joke so why would this
be a surprise
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01:54 PM on 08/07/2013
That's what I was thinking too. And then at the end of the article:

"A 2012 New York Review Of Books article noted that Texas textbooks have disproportionate power throughout the nation. Because Texas serves such a large group of students, “national publishers tended to gear their books toward whatever [the state] wanted,” according to the article."
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02:26 PM on 08/07/2013
Problem is that they do. Publishers don't do books for each market, they look to see what the big markets want and do that.
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loudneighbor
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01:33 PM on 08/07/2013
Seems like an idea you'd want to file under "Bad."
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decrepittex
just trying to survive
03:11 PM on 08/07/2013
I haven't encountered many ideas from Republican lawmakers that I would file under anything but "Bad".
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theiFyoU
I used to be disgusted, but now I'm just amused.
01:30 PM on 08/07/2013
And God created Texas in it's end.
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Will Kraft
Nothing good ever trickles down.
01:26 PM on 08/07/2013
To those who say creationism should only be taught in a church, I say creationism shouldn't be taught ANYWHERE. I have ZERO TOLERANCE for things like this. If we infect students with that rubbish, someone else is going to have to clean up the mess and set things right eventually or the affected student will be all but unemployable. We simply can't afford to sabotage the next generation.
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Inkosi
The gods themselves rage against stupidity
02:00 PM on 08/07/2013
Education is the enemy of the GOP! "So Goes Texas" by Gale Collins - a must read. Home schooling will now be done by the progressives instead of the rabid fundamental Evangelicals. In a decade our kids will not be able to compete at all. The US is already falling behind in science and math.
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02:51 PM on 08/07/2013
Blaming the fundamentalist for our schools problems is ludicrous.
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02:21 PM on 08/07/2013
But you're ok with the theory of gaps they call evolution. Rationalist have ZERO TOLERANCE for any empiricist trying to highjack our childrens minds.
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Will Kraft
Nothing good ever trickles down.
02:31 PM on 08/07/2013
What are you talking about?
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02:32 PM on 08/07/2013
the mechanism, genetic mechanisms that control evolution have been found. Newsflash: evolution is change over time, and is a factual, natural process occurring on this planet. The fossil record has "gaps" because we have not found examples of every stage of development for SOME species. Others are well documented by fossils. Empirical evidence doesn't mean what you think it means obviously.
USAinCanada
Old enough to know better
01:19 PM on 08/07/2013
They get away with this because school curriculums are still controlled by the local school boards. It's time to have national and universal curriculums developed that every schoolchild is expected to know whether they live in Kansas or Khartoum. As long as you have religious zealots willing to send children down the intellectual drain, America will continue to slip down the scales to wallow in the intellectual cesspool like North Korea.
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Inkosi
The gods themselves rage against stupidity
02:01 PM on 08/07/2013
Which is voting for School Boards and in local elections is critical.
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02:28 PM on 08/07/2013
Khartoum is not in the US. I could not care less what they learn or do not learn.
01:14 PM on 08/07/2013
It is unfair to children to teach them discredited ideas as part of modern education. Creationism is not a scientific idea. Climate change is not a serious controversy amongst climate scientists. The civil war was definitely fought over slavery (there has been a campaign to suggest otherwise). Alchemy does not hold the secret of turning lead into gold. Smoking isn't good for sore throats. And Jesus Christ did not visit Missouri.
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OldDogVT
Old, but not too old to be pissed off
01:08 PM on 08/07/2013
Another generation of "Dumb and Dumber"
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Ray Campbell
It's called Faith, because it's not Knowledge
01:04 PM on 08/07/2013
Thank you Texas! For your continued and deliberate diminishment of the intellectual level of the content of schooling and furthering the retardation of education in America. Way to go.
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theiFyoU
I used to be disgusted, but now I'm just amused.
01:32 PM on 08/07/2013
Well there is a lot of mercury in the water from oil processing.
It had to catch up with them sooner or later.
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Ray Campbell
It's called Faith, because it's not Knowledge
01:55 PM on 08/07/2013
Lol!
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Scott Berfield
01:02 PM on 08/07/2013
Creationists are the best argument against "intelligent" design.
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Ryrik
Immoralist
01:00 PM on 08/07/2013
Many Texans love to claim that their state has a sizable economy on par with many developed nations and could very well be on its own. Why not give Texas this opportunity and see just how long it will take for the state to devolve back to the stone age :))
02:24 PM on 08/07/2013
It won't. But it would look like a South American banana republic very quickly.
12:59 PM on 08/07/2013
Look, based on recent Texas history i.e. Gohmert, Cruz, Perry, etc, would you really want to hire a college or high school graduate who was weened on Texas-influenced philosophy of any kind?
Frankly, it's a wonder they haven't started burning books by now.
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Inkosi
The gods themselves rage against stupidity
02:03 PM on 08/07/2013
Robert Baughan - the will soon be burning books and heretics at the stake.
02:24 PM on 08/07/2013
That'll come, presently.
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Contact1972
DOMA is DEAD
12:46 PM on 08/07/2013
So what happens when these children, who have effectively been lied to, are sent off into the real world and have to deal with other students who have actually been taught science instead of this revisionist BS? What will they do then?
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habajebe
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01:43 PM on 08/07/2013
They will find a shyster lawyer to sue the school system.
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02:31 PM on 08/07/2013
They have to understand the difference between science and belief. If they don't, for whatever reason, you correct them or fail them.
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12:46 PM on 08/07/2013
This article would be more helpful and informative if there had been comment from some of the NON-creationist-oriented reviewers about problems with content in any of the books. Is any information on that available? What sorts of statements in books cause the creationists to favor rejecting a book? What sorts of statements that find favor with creationists make non-creationists fear for the education of Texas students?
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habajebe
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01:45 PM on 08/07/2013
Try to keep up. Creationists want to teach their superstitious fantasy as science. Rational people and scientists disagree.
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02:18 PM on 08/07/2013
Scientist are empiricist not rationalist please get your terms straight. If it is not made of atoms they don't know anything about it nor do they admit anthing else exist.
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12:43 PM on 08/07/2013
It is really sad to see where Texas has been going, and this includes the decline in real education. Of course, not too sure if an education in Texas has value, given the main jobs available are at places like McDonalds and WalMart.
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maninal2
Without knowledge action is useless
12:37 PM on 08/07/2013
The divisions between the two Americas continues. Blue states with their science unadulterated by religious dogma, expanded rights for minorities, women the LGBT community, expanded healthcare access and rising wages and benefits. Then there's the hell of the 1800s in the red states. A contrast more stark with each passing year.