On a one-vote margin, the Texas State Board of Education stripped out of Texas science standards for public schools, creationist language that suggests there are weaknesses in evolution theory that make the theory sound like less than it is.
So far, that’s all the news I have, via the Quorum Report (January 22, 2009). Tip of the old scrub brush to Annette Carlisle of Texas Citizens for Science.
Huge win for Texas Citizens for Science, the Texas Freedom Network, the National Center for Science Education, and the newly-formed Teach Them Science.org. Huge win for Texas students, Texas high schools, Texas colleges and the Texas economy.
But of course, there’s still a chance to lose.
Final More votes expected on the adoption of the standards, tomorrow; final vote in March.
Update – Not all news is good: Among amendments adopted Thursday are amendments that call into question Big Bang in physics and common descent in biology. Watch for update post. Oy.
- Steve Schafersman’s live-blogging of the SBOE business meeting at EvoSphere, January 22, 2009
- Josh Rosenau liveblogs, at Thoughts from Kansas
- Texas Freedom Network’s live blog
- Tony’s Curricublog, with links to the audio from the hearings and meetings
- Is the whole world watching? Germany appears to be watching, at least.