Category Archives: Intelligent Design

Audio for Texas Science Standards March 2009 now available

Audio files from the sessions of the Texas State Board of Education, March 2009, on state standards (TEKS) for science education (evolution, vs. “strengths and weaknesses,” etc.) are now posted at .

Texas Science Standards 2009 March 27 — McLeroy’s impassioned plea (links to audio & video)

When I first posted this at 1:30 Texas time, the post began: GOOD NEWS !! FOR REAL !! (at last) Well, the news ended up not so good. Here’s what I wrote then: The Board has finally voted to strike the first of McLeroy’s creationist amendments — one that was passed in the January meeting. […]


“Strengths & Weaknesses” fails again in Texas

Thursday, March 26, 2009 A bid to restore “Strengths and Weaknesses” language to the Texas Science Standards (TEKS) has again been defeated by a 7-7 vote of the SBOE, meeting as a committee of the whole. The final vote will be tomorrow. Audio of Eugenie Scott’s 3/25 testimony is here. Other audio will be posted […]

Audio & Video: Eugenie Scott (NCSE) at TX SBOE hearings 2009-03-25

Audio of Eugenie Scott’s testimony is now posted at March 27: YouTube video is now added on the page linked above. You won’t want to miss her interchange with creationist Board member Cynthia Dunbar. Other audio from this week are now posted at

Texas SBOE March 25 testifiers

Thursday, July 16, 2009 The Report below is from the official minutes of the meeting, which are posted publicly months after the event. This list shows the speakers who actually spoke during the meeting, in the order in which they actually spoke. These official minutes are followed in this post by the list that was […]

McLeroy’s endorsement of creationist nonsence book

In a comment on an earlier post here, Scott calls attention to a press release on a new book attacking “evo-atheists” (such as the NAS), with an endorsement by Don McLeroy, who identifies himself in the endorsement as the Chairman of the Texas State Board of Education (!) For more on this, see “Don McLeroy, […]

Texas Bill on “Science” Teaching

A bill has been introduced in the lower house of the Texas legislature that would mandate and protect anti-science teaching and learning in the state’s science classes. Instead of elaborating, I’ve just added the emphasis in the text below: . By: Christian H.B. No. 4224 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT relating to the teaching of science […]

TX Creationist Saenz to talk 2/7/09 – audio here of his SBOE testimony (& link to Luskin interview)

As announced at the Austin Chronicle‘s Newsdesk, Jonathan Saenz of the Free Market Foundation (the Texas affiliate of Focus on the Family) will wade into central Austin to make his case for keeping the “strengths and weaknesses” language in the state’s science teaching curriculum, wording that has been used by his group and others to […]

Leo’s Jan. 22 amendments to the Texas Science TEKS

The version of the Texas TEKS science standards approved by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) on January 23 included several amendments that it added January 22, amending the revised TEKS standards that were recommended by the writing teams of scientists and science educators. SBOE chairman McLeroy’s amendments, and his quote-mining to trick the […]

Cargill welcomes students questioning Darwin’s theory of the beginning of the universe

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 […]

Blasting open the Texas creationist’s quote mine

Earlier here (in Quote-mining with a dental drill) I posted Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) chairman  Don McLeroy’s handout with the quote-mining  he used at the Board’s meeting January 22 to trick some of the open-minded SBOE members into voting for his anti-Common Descent amendment to the Texas science standards, by misrepresenting writings by […]

Dunbar, Scott on Arber: scientific consensus vs. scientific knowledge?

During the January 21 hearings of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), there was an exchange between Board Member Cynthia Dunbar and Eugenie Scott (of the National Center for Science Education) that is, I think, particularly significant. The exchange concerns the views of Nobel laureate Werner Arber. Dunbar had invoked Arber’s name (or some […]

Evolution: change that don’t need no “belief”

I’m on an email list where people have been tossing around the notion of Evolution as “change we can believe in.” I’m reminded of a brochure put out by the National Council of Churches in 2006 on “Science, Religion, and the Teaching of Evolution in Public School Science Classes.” Here’s what it has to say […]

Quote-mining with a dental drill

I will add more to this post later, but I want to get this pdf file posted right away. Donald McLeroy, D.D.S, chairman of the Texas State Board of Education, got two destructive amendments added to the current draft for revised science standards. The pdf file includes the text of those amendments as proposed, followed […]


I had a post here about a website that I thought had been removed; but now it looks like it was just down temporarily. As the Gilda Ratner character used to say, “Nevermind!”

Texas SBOE on Science Standards January 22, 2009 (Audio)

About laws and sausages, it is said that you really don’t want to see how they are made. Even worse, however, is to see the making of TEKS education standards in Texas. I’ve just spent some agonizing hours capturing the audio feed of the January 22 meeting of the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE), […]

Why I don’t believe in “THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION”

No, Virginia, “THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION” does not actually exist — at least not in science, anyway. In a nutshell, I don’t believe in “THE THEORY OF EVOLUTION,” for the same reason that I don’t believe in Santa Clause: Santa Clause does not really exist, except as a character in folk holiday traditions, crummy TV […]