Sep 16, 2013 by

“Liberal Media and TFN Team Up Against Texas’ Biology Books”

by Donna Garner


The elected members of the Texas State Board of Education adopted new Science curriculum standards (TEKS) on May 23, 2010 after a full year of debate, numerous public hearings, and multiple thousands of e-mails and contacts with the SBOE members. The battle over the Science TEKS is over. Now it is time for the SBOE to adopt the new Science textbooks (i.e., instructional materials) built upon the Science TEKS.


The Texas Education Code requires that accredited public schools must teach the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills.

The Texas Administrative Code requires that teachers in all science courses (Grades 3 through high school) must teach the following Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills in science classes:

(3) Scientific processes. The student knows that information, critical thinking, and scientific problem solving are used in making decisions. The student is expected to:

(A) analyze, review, and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information;

Plain and simple, Texas public school teachers are required to teach students the pros and cons of scientific hypotheses and theories. Texas students are to be able to analyze, review, and critique the hypotheses and theories of creationism and evolution using scientific evidence and information.

This does not say that public school teachers are to take a position on the pros and cons of scientific theory. Neither should the Texas Education Agency take a position on the pros and cons of scientific theory, but it does mean that the Science textbooks should present the various sides on evolution – strengths and WEAKNESSES.


As usual, Texas Freedom Network and the liberal media have teamed up together. TFN’s communications director Dan Quinn has shown his ignorance by questioning the credentials of a well-known Baylor University and Texas A&M professor, Dr. Walter Bradley. Here is Dr. Walter Bradley’s impressive vitae:

Before believing anything TFN says, the public needs to know who and what TFN really is. Please go to this link to read a brief description of their liberal agenda, and then you can decide whether you want TFN to have any influence whatsoever over what is put into our Texas public school children’s textbooks and minds:


Contrary to what Dan Quinn at TFN says, evolution is not “accepted by most scientists.” In fact, the next time someone says, “All real scientists believe in evolution,” you may want to pull out this website:

Over 700 well-known scientists have signed “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism,” and the number of signees has grown since its inception. The document states the following:

“We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”


Case closed…”Hush up, TFN. You only desire the ‘microphone’ so that you can impress your board of directors and those liberals who contribute money to your organization. You care nothing about the health and well-being of our Texas school children. You do not want to give them the right to raise their hands and discuss the weaknesses of evolution. You are not authorities on education issues but only seek to indoctrinate children instead of educate them.”

Donna Garner



Retired Baylor professor defends biology textbook reviews

Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 12:01 am |Updated: 1:10 am, Sun Sep 15, 2013.


Excerpts from this article:

…Walter Bradley, a retired engineering professor[at Baylor University], has been named in numerous Texas Freedom Network press releases about the textbook reviews, which have in turn been cited by The Washington Post and Slate, among other media outlets…

Bradley said he thinks Texas schoolchildren should have textbooks that address what scientists have evidence to support, but nothing more. He said there is not sufficient data to conclude with certainty how life originated.

“The origin of life has philosophical and theological implications, so people on both sides like to claim more than is justified,” Bradley said. “It’s OK to say we don’t know what we don’t know.”

But Dan Quinn, communications director for the Texas Freedom Network, said the scientific theory that life originated millions of years ago through a series of chemical events is the best explanation scientists have, is supported by evidence and is accepted by most scientists.

… Quinn said, “The effort by folks who oppose evolution is to pressure publishers into weakening instruction on the subject so they can suggest to students it’s not as definitive as it is.”

Bradley said he is “ambivalent” toward evolution.

“Some people believe random mutation and natural selection are sufficiently robust as creative processes to account for the wide variety of plant and animal life that we see today,” Bradley said. “But I think it remains to be demonstrated that it can account for everything, though it does account for many things.”

Quinn pointed out that Bradley does not have a background in biology, and there are many qualified biologists who could do a better job of assessing biology instruction.

“Publishers have to prove that their textbooks got it right to people who aren’t even biologists,” Quinn said.

Bradley said his background in material science relates to the origins of life. He has studied polymers extensively, and is familiar with fundamental physics and chemistry, much of which overlaps with biology, and especially the science behind the origins of life, he said.

…He said the advisory panel was charged with assessing whether the biology textbooks met the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills standards…

Bradley said the panel’s recommendations went through a series of checks before they were submitted to the State Board of Education. Bradley evaluated one textbook in depth of the 15 that were submitted, and fellow reviewers did the same. Then, at a meeting in Austin, the reviewers split into groups and examined the evaluations.

“The SBOE has tried to make it an unbiased process,” Bradley said. “For people to act hysterical is not rational.”

The SBOE will have a public hearing Tuesday concerning the textbooks.

Donna Garner


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