Deep in the Bible Belt, some thoughtful politicians have found a way to say no to creationism. And these same leaders are actually making changes that will make a significant difference in the lives of students.
It is with as much embarrassment as pundits are able to muster that I am forced to acknowledge that the Texas Board of Education may now consider itself vindicated by none other than school administrators
Russia is a country would not have seemed a natural ally for Texas. A recent report suggests that fundamentalists in Russia, however, like those in Texas, are concerned with what their children are being taught in schools.
The Texas board of education's newest proposed alteration in the curriculum is even more more sinister than the snow-job they tried to pull last year, as it is less obviously designed by the religious wackos.
In the US, the issue is becoming one of history being taught differently in Texas than in Maine, and interpreted differently in Virginia than in Ohio. And it is becoming a political tool for polarized pundits.
Amid all the furor over who or what makes it into the curriculum in Texas, we must not neglect the more pressing imperative to equip students with the analytical skills to evaluate and interpret evidence from the past.
The Texas Board of Education has added to the study of evolution a requirement that delighted those who have long been troubled by the whole idea of evolution and who are, themselves, living proof that evolution does not occur in all humans.