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Redefining The Creation/Evolution Controversy

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

What's Bigger Than a Texas Ego?

Karie Meltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Karie Meltzer

Today, CNBC named The Lone Star State America's Top State for Business in 2010. We topped Virginia, who won last year. But, a look at where we stand in other areas leaves me feeling underwhelmed about this victory.

Tarballs and Tainted History

Rachel Farris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rachel Farris

Education is quickly draining out of Texas classrooms, and as the oil spill made its way onto Texas beaches this weekend, word of the brain-drain that is our State Board of Education has most certainly gotten out.

The Times They Are A-Changin': Good Evolutionary News from Oklahoma

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

There is hope for science education when locales that have been bastions for creationism begin to recognize that creationism is not scientific and that evolution is not a threat to religious belief.

A Socialist Primer: Rick Perry, Health Care & the Texas Governor's Race

Joe Cutbirth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joe Cutbirth

I'm wondering what it's going to take for my former colleagues in the Texas press corps to call out Rick Perry for using the term "socialism" over-and-over to describe the insurance reform Congress passed last week.

When Faith Trumps Reason: the Curse of Scientific Illiteracy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Steeped in the wasteland of scientific illiteracy we in Texas descend ever further toward a theocracy, in danger of becoming the Iran of the West, or a bad copy of the former Soviet Union.

And Carter Thought He Faced National Malaise

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The U.S. seems to have already begun its own "lost decade." Unlike Japan, the U.S. is expending its precious resources on fighting two debilitating wars and maintaining a declining empire. If we're lucky we will be "lost" only for a decade.

Last Call for Social Studies

Karie Meltzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Karie Meltzer

The Texas State Board of Education will hear the final public testimony and take a final vote on social studies standards (think guns, God and government) for public school textbooks.

Deep in the Heart of Textbooks

Daniel Cluchey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daniel Cluchey

Turning public school social studies classes into unabashed propaganda sessions goes beyond mere political ugliness. It is craven. It is foolish. It is madness.

An Open Letter to the Texas Board of Education From a Survivor of Its Public School System

Disgrasian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As someone who received nearly my entire education -- grades 2-12 -- in the Texas public schools system, I must admit that I don't understand what all the fuss is about.

Dear Texas State Board of Education: Please Shut Up. Sincerely, History

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Morford

Maybe you didn't hear? The little item about how a small pod of pale ultra-conservatives in Texas has just demanded a whole slew of specific changes be made to history textbooks down in the Lone Star State?

Texas School Board

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Social Darwinism: A Bad Idea With a Worse Name

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

If there's no connection to evolution, then why is it called social Darwinism? It shouldn't be -- and it's time we changed the name to stop the confusion.

Texas Textbook MASSACRE: 'Ultraconservatives' Approve Radical Changes To State Education Curriculum

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AUSTIN, Texas - A far-right faction of the Texas State Board of Education succeeded Friday in injecting conservative ideals into social studies, histo...

Conservatives Re-Write Declaration of Independence

Glenn W. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Glenn W. Smith

The Civil Rights Movement created "unrealistic expectations of equal outcomes" among minorities, according to Texas conservatives trying to rewrite American history textbooks.

Wake-Up Call

Alan Gottlieb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Alan Gottlieb

The Texas State Board of Education could soon transform some of what kids are taught into outright religious propaganda and pseudo-science.

Education in Chicago: Thank God We're Not Texans!

Bill Sweetland | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Bill Sweetland

However silly, misguided, and stupid our opinions and actions regarding our schools may be, at least we ain't as bad as them Texans.

Promoting the Pornography of Creationism

Bill Allen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Allen

I proposed in jest the idea of an online degree in "creationism." I never imagined that anyone could seriously put forward such an outlandish idea. Boy, was I ever wrong.