TCS: Politicization of Science Education Continues in Texas

In a press release, Texas Citizens for Science reports:

The recent adoption of new supplemental science instructional materials by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) was largely a victory for science. Although the biology curriculum standards were unfortunately damaged in 2009 by a politically radicalized majority of SBOE members who inserted four new standards that compromised the scientific integrity and accuracy of biology standards, the mainstream publishers produced biology materials that met the requirements of all the new standards plus did not insert any scientifically untrue content in their instructional materials.

Steven Schafersman, president of Texas Citizens for Science, observes,

“Why should Holt McDougal have to change anything in their instructional materials that is not a factual error? And yet Holt made five such changes to its biology materials–materials that only a few weeks before they defended as being scientifically accurate and factually correct.”

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“Such continued abuse of scientific and educational integrity is consequential even if the particular changes themselves are minor. Will the identical scenario repeat itself next year when health education and social studies instructional materials are chosen? Will publishers submit materials that have been pre-censored to satisfy the desires of the most extreme members of the Texas State Board of Education or will responsibility and principle finally prevail.”

For the complete text of the TCS press release, with links to extensive background documents and analysis, go to
http://www.texscience.org/releases/press_release_politicization_science_materials_2011aug26.htm

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