Texas Relaunches Evolution Debate
Pearson biology textbook under fire
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 22, 2013 6:35 PM CST
Texas Board of Education chair Barbara Cargill leads the group's meeting Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, in Austin, Texas.   (Eric Gay)

(Newser) – The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas has boiled over again. At issue this time are proposed textbooks that could be used statewide starting next school year. With midnight looming last night, some state education board members singled out a biology textbook by Pearson Education, one of America's largest publishers. Many of their concerns pertained to the theory of evolution. After a lengthy debate that got testy at times, the board voted to have three of its members pick a trio of outside experts to further scrutinize the book.

State law approved two years ago means school districts can now choose their own books and don't have to adhere to a list recommended by the Board of Education—but most have continued to use approved books. Concerns about the Pearson book, raised by a citizen review panel, have included how long it took Earth to cool and objection to lessons about natural selection because "selection operates as a selective but not a creative force," according to reviewers. The board will take final votes in January.

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heyzeus
Nov 25, 2013 7:54 AM CST
There's an excellent DVD called "The Revisionaries" about the religious kooks on the Texas School Board who try to undermine science as it is taught to our school children. It's quite frightening how those infected with "supernatualism" try to control what all read and think. Another great DVD is "Judgment Day" about how the "intelligent design" crowd were demolished in the Dover School District trial over "intelligent design" and Evolution. It also demonstrated how the supernaturally-deformed will do and say anything to get their way....even using lies and threats.
1freeusa
Nov 24, 2013 5:08 PM CST
Texas has based its economy on oil.....The oil was either provided by the decomposition of organic life millions of years in the making. or god in his compasion and bias, gave oil to texas because they would need all the help within his power since he didnt give the leaders wisdom. As a Texan, I would like to apologize for the stupidity of our leaders and those who voted for them.
Riffran
Nov 24, 2013 9:34 AM CST
Oh good grief..here we go again. BOTH are wrong. I have seen prometheus, we all came from a dissolved giant bald headed alien dude