LIBS BULLYING TO FORCE EVOLUTION INTO TEXAS SCHOOLS

Jan 27, 2014 by

 

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“Libs Bullying To Force Evolution Into Texas Schools”

by Donna Garner

1.26.14

In today’s Austin American-Statesman, we have the libs joining together to try to resurrect once again the debate over the Science curriculum standards (TEKS) that were adopted by the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education in March 2009. 

The SBOE is set to adopt a final list of approved Science instructional materials aligned with the Science TEKS this week in its Tuesday through Friday meeting.

Texas’ Science curriculum standards (TEKS) were finalized in March 2009 after a lengthy process that included numerous public hearings and tens of thousands of e-mails and phone calls from people around the state and nation.

It is a favorite trick of the libs to accuse the SBOE of mandating creationism and/or Intelligent Design in these Science TEKS, but those terms appear absolutely nowhere in them.  Because of the careful wording of the Science TEKS, no court challenges have been raised because there are no legal grounds.

Another favorite trick that the libs like to use is to say that all “real” scientists believe in evolution.  Again, that is a lie; and here is the proof:  Over 700 well-known scientists have signed “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism,” and the number of signees has grown over time.  This document states, “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.” Here is the link to this document:  http://www.dissentfromdarwin.org/index.php

To try to create a media blitz campaign leading up to this week’s SBOE meeting, the libs have chosen to bully and intimidate a charter school operator, Responsive Education Solutions. 

RES is a charter school operator that provides curriculum to several schools in the Austin ISD and has followed the Science TEKS by “providing a balanced look at differing opinions on the theory of evolution and noting, but not exploring, the existence of competing theories.”

Undoubtedly the ultra-leftist Texas Freedom Network is behind this bullying campaign against RES and is joined by Pearson (publishing company).  Pearson has refused to follow the intent of the Texas science curriculum standards and has chosen to make no changes to its high-school Biology textbook.

ACTION STEP:  We in the public need to hold Pearson accountable and strongly urge our local school district personnel to choose the McGraw-Hill Biology textbook for the 2014-15 School Year and not the one from Pearson. By hurting Pearson’s pocketbook, Texans  could send a powerful message that we expect textbook publishers to follow the curriculum standards adopted by the elected members of the SBOE.   

Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

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1.26.14 – Austin American-Statesman

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/critics-say-students-are-taught-creationism-in-two/nc3hC/?icmp=statesman_internallink_textlink_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesman_launch

Critics say students are taught creationism in two Austin schools

Posted: 4:39 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014

BY BENJAMIN WERMUND – AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

excerpts from this article:

Advocates for the separation of church and state allege that Responsive Education Solutions — one of the state’s largest charter operators, which the Austin school district partners with at Lanier and Travis high schools — is pushing creationism and could be violating the First Amendment.

Austin school officials are combing through the charter operator’s lesson plans, line by line, looking for any material that could be questionable, and they say they’ve found none so far. State officials, also reviewing Responsive Ed’s curriculum, say the same.

Meanwhile, at least one national advocacy group plans to send cease-and-desist letters to Responsive Ed, which receives more than $80 million in state and federal funding. The group could eventually file suit against the charter schools.

The controversy gets to the core of church and state tensions that have long been present in Texas schools. The State Board of Education has drawn national attention for tinkering with science standards in a way that critics argue pushes Christianity

The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills curriculum guidelines, set by the state board, say, “In all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations, by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student.”

“Our science curriculum does examine all sides of the scientific evidence relating to the theory of evolution — both for and against — just as we are required to do by the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Biology,” Cook [CEO of RES] said in a letter to parents and staff responding to questions about the issue.

Separation of church and state advocates argue that, whether the charter operator’s science lessons comply with state standards or not, they’re violating the First Amendment.

A string of court rulings dating back to the 1960s uniformly say that public schools can’t teach creationism, because it is a religious concept, said Rob Boston, a spokesman for Americans United for Separation of Church and State, which plans to push Responsive Ed to change its science curriculum

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