Prepare for an ugly battle in Texas
By PZ MYERS, PHARYNGULA
Added: Sat, 01 Nov 2008 00:00:00 UTC
The Texas Board of Education has named the six people who will be on a committee to review science curriculum standards. Texas, you've got trouble. The people are:
David Hillis, professor of integrative biology and director of the Center of Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at the University of Texas at Austin;
Ronald K. Wetherington, professor of anthropology at Southern Methodist University and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence;
Gerald Skoog, professor and dean emeritus of the College of Education at Texas Tech and co-director of the Center for Integration of Science Education and Research;
Stephen Meyer, vice-frakkin'-president of the odious Discovery Institute in Washington state;
Ralph Seelke, a pro-ID creationist and biologist from Wisconsin;
Charles Garner, a chemist from Baylor who is also a pro-ID creationist.
Note that Meyer and Seelke are co-authors of that ghastly new ID textbook, Explore Evolution, and would no doubt love to tweak the curriculum to make their book marketable in Texas. Conflict of interest? Nah.
So, three good guys and three ignorant ideologues, with the overall head of the board of education being Don McLeroy, the creationist dentist. It's going to get ugly.
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2008/10/27/texas-falling-over-the-cliff-of-doom/ (thanks to Joey)
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