The Woodlands (TX) Villager reports today that Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) member Barbara Cargill is not happy with all science curriculum changes. From the article:
With 10 years of experience as a biology teacher, Cargill said she wonders how the changes will affect teachers and their ability to educate students. She pointed to herself reading a current article about the strengths and weaknesses some experts have found with Charles Darwin’s theories and how curriculum changes would make it difficult to include this information in a lesson plan, she said.
“Students are smart and inquisitive. We’re not going to stop them from questioning the beginning of the universe,” Cargill said. “The real concern I have is are we equipping our teachers to answer those questions and to guide our students who will continue to ask?”
Cargill wants science teachers to be required by the standards to teach the “strengths and weaknesses” of Darwin’s theory of “the beginning of the universe” (like she used to do in her Texas public school “science” classes, apparently, and may still be doing in her “Science” camp).
Of course, Darwin never had any theory of “the beginning of the universe.” This is just another instance of the creationist SBOE members waging war against “THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION” — a grand theory that may have some existence in the public discourse, but which is not the theory of biological evolution as is taught in biology class, or the theory of geological evolution taught in Geology and Earth Science classes. Scientific theories are the only theories that are at issue in the science standards. The creationist SBOE members don’t have any valid argument against teaching science in science classes, so they want to pretend that what they’re fighting against is some other kind of theory, like the “Darwinism” that Ben Stein faults because it cannot explain gravity or thermodynamics.