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Promoting Religion and Politics Rather than Science: Creationism's Reappearance at the Texas State Board of Education

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 09.22.2016 | Home
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

They're back! The creationists are back in Texas attacking high quality science education. Well, to be honest, they were never gone, but they've o...

Rebecca Klein

These Biased Ideas Are Presented As Fact In Texas Curriculum Standards | Rebecca Klein | Posted 07.08.2015 | Home

The Texas School Board of Education is under renewed scrutiny as kids gear up to go back to classrooms that will use flawed textbooks. Starting thi...

Rebecca Klein

Texas Textbook Battle Heats Up With Claims Of Conservative Bias | Rebecca Klein | Posted 09.11.2014 | Home

Another battle could be brewing over Texas textbooks, this time because scholars say the proposed lessons distort history. New social studies books...

Texas Teachers Aren't Waiting for Permission

Tony_Diaz | Posted 10.08.2014 | Home

Everything changes in a Texas minute. The same week in July that the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) sabotaged Ethnic Studies textbooks-saying they would be too expensive, Governor Rick Perry pledged $144 million to send the National Guard to the Texas border.

Why Mexican-American Studies Matter

The Huffington Post | Roque Planas | Posted 04.08.2014 | Home

The Texas State Board of Education will vote on Wednesday on whether or not to adopt an elective Mexican-American studies course for public high schoo...

The Jury's in: Texas Wants MAS, Mexican American Studies is Act II of the Civil Rights Act

Tony_Diaz | Posted 06.04.2014 | Home

Only institutionalized racism can explain how 50 years after The Civil Rights act was signed, Texas Hispanic youth do not have equal access to culturally relevant courses.

This Survey Of Texas Politicians Will Really Depress You

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 02.18.2014 | Home

Candidates for the Texas State Board of Education want to bring big changes to the state’s schools -- regardless of whether or not those changes are...

Ted Cruz Shut Down the Government, But We Won't Let the Tea Party Shut Down Mexican American Studies

Tony_Diaz | Posted 03.31.2014 | Home

The far right can't erase our history. It can only push us to read our banned books in our underground libraries. We know our cause is fair and just. We know we are right, and we will win.

GOP Candidate For Texas Education Board: 'We Know We Didn't Come From Monkeys'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

A Republican candidate for the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) has been gaining attention for her remarks at a forum in Fort Worth on Monday. ...

Rebecca Klein

Are Special Interests 'Hijacking' Textbooks? | Rebecca Klein | Posted 11.22.2013 | Home

As the Texas State Board of Education nears a vote on which science textbooks it will recommend to schools, a watchdog group is calling out advocates ...

Rick Perry's Worst Veto

Jason Stanford | Posted 08.17.2013 | Home
Jason Stanford

By conflating testing with curriculum, Perry's veto of a testing relief bill aimed at the playground set revealed that he doesn't understand what happens in Texas elementary schools.

Religious-Based Alternatives To Evolution Promoted By Texas Education Official

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.05.2013 | Home
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Is it too much to ask that those who are attempting to destroy public science education in Texas and beyond at least be consistent? Unfortunately, the latest turn of events in Texas means that even consistency has become a victim.

Loving Teachers Isn't Enough: Education Reform in the Election

Alyssa Granacki | Posted 01.01.2013 | Home
Alyssa Granacki

Of all the campaign issues, education is certainly the one on which President Obama and Governor Romney seem to share the most middle ground. However, at the heart of their ideologies, the two men diverge.

A 'Fat Kid,' A Sperm Donor, And the Texas State Board of Education

Hayden Bixby | Posted 08.05.2012 | Home
Hayden Bixby

So far, I've seen three of this year's Seattle International Film Festival offerings. Not only have the films been excellent, they've afforded me a window into our collective public consciousness up here in the upper left corner of the country.

Creationism, Science And The Purpose Of Higher Education

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.30.2011 | Home
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Perhaps those godless experts at Christian colleges aren't godless at all. Perhaps accepting the basics of biology need not call anyone's faith into question.

Texas Textbooks to Finally Tell U.S. History Right

Chris Michael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Michael

"Our children need to be taught how our number one Founding Father, George Washington, was called to action by Jesus and died defending the Alamo," said Republican board member Terri Leo.

Creationism In Texas: A Bit Of Good News Followed By A Ton Of Bad

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

It's frightening that these are the "experts" the Texas State Board of Education wants to review science materials. Their positions are well beyond non-science and have entered the realm of nonsense.

Send In The Creationist Clowns And Watch Science Education Suffer

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The circus is coming back to town! The host will (again) be the Texas State Board of Education as it continues its assault on science education across the state of Texas.

Academic Freedom in High School and Kindergarten

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
David Moshman

Perhaps we can't run a kindergarten like a college, but we can provide students of all ages with a curriculum determined by teachers and other experts on academic grounds and encourage them to figure things out.

Our Ignorance and Our Interests: Why We Need to Learn More, Not Less, About Islam and the Arab World

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
James Zogby

How did we get into the situation in which we knew so little about a world where we had so much at stake? As I note in my new book, Arab Voices: What they Are Saying to Us and Why It Matters, it all begins with education -- or the lack of it.

Help Build A Mosque

Rev. Chuck Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rev. Chuck Freeman

"Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off." (Ezekiel 37:11) My God, I relate to this! I am weary to the bones of making statement...

Ignorance, Not Islam, Is The Enemy

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

By John L. Esposito and Sheila B. Lalwani Religion News Service (RNS) In a single vote, the Texas State Board of Education managed to undermine Chris...

The Texas State Board of Education Embraces Islamophobia

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Islamophobia, the virulent strain of religious hatred that has been spreading like wildfire across the country, is set to put in an appearance at the Texas State Board of Education.

Overturning the Texas School Board Madness? It's Possible

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

No member of the Texas State Board of Education has damaged the state's educational system more than the anti-intellectual Ken Mercer. And now, voters have the opportunity to put an end to his embarrassing actions.

Redefining The Creation/Evolution Controversy

Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Zimmerman, Ph.D.

The Clergy Letter Project, comprised of thousands of clergy members and scientists, demonstrates that religious leaders and scientists are not inherently at odds.