Texas’ creationism controversy begins to pinch


From the Philadelphia Daily News, an opinion article by a Temple University staff member who teaches math and science education:

Textbook lesson in creationism

JUST mentioning a controversial name in an office e-mail can cost you your job in a narrow-minded place like Texas. The Texas Education Agency oversees instructional material and textbooks for the state’s public schools. Recently, Christine Comer, director of science curriculums for the agency, dared to forward an e-mail to colleagues informing them that author and activist Barbara Forrest was to give a talk on her book “Inside Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.”

For this simple communication, Comer was rebuked in a way that forced her to resign. According to the TEA, she had committed, among other fatuous charges, the unforgivable transgression of taking sides in the creation science/ evolution debate.

Score one for the flat-earthers.

Score one for building a reputation for Texas, TEA!

Is that the reputation we want?


4 Responses to Texas’ creationism controversy begins to pinch

  1. Gloria Endres says:

    j. a. is right. Catholic schools do teach evolutionary science in science class. They also teach about divine creation in religion and philosophy class. One can believe in divine creation and still accept the mechanisms of evolution. Science is agnostic about creation and it is simply inappropriate to try to mix the two.


  2. j a higginbotham says:

    Some private Christian schools do teach evolution, e.g. many Catholic ones. That in no way means Creationism/ID or any other religious variant ought to be taught in any science class.


  3. doubtingthomas426 says:

    I’m an Atheist and firmly support Creationism being taught in public schools … as soon as private Christian schools agree to teach evolution.


  4. For me and many others outside of the USA this is terrifying. The death of rationalism cannot be right for our kids and the planet!


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