Sunday, January 6, 2008


"What Schools in Texas Need Is a Moment of Science!"

That "moment "could be seriously compromised soon, says the
Texas Citizens for Science, a statewide, grassroots organization dedicated to professionalism and integrity of science education in public school curriculum, and the accuracy of science in Texas government agencies and institutions. The front on the effort to get "Creationism" and "Intelligent Design" into science classes may be moving from Dover, PA, where those efforts suffered a serious setback, to Texas.

Sunday afternoon I received the following appeal from the Clergy Letters Project, an organization of clergy whose purpose is to demonstrate that religion and science can be compatible without compromising either faith or science:

This month the Texas Board of Education will begin its revision of the state’s science curriculum and at stake is the teaching of evolution. With the recent forced resignation of the Texas Education Agency’s Science Director, Chris Comer, arguably because of an “appearance of bias against teaching intelligent design”, and the July 2007 appointment by Texas Governor Rick Perry of creationist and antievolutionist Don McLeroy to the state’s chair of the Texas Board of Education, the ominous possibility has been raised that once again creationist-based beliefs will trump good science education.

While this may just seem like a problem localized to Texas, be informed that as early as next year, the Texas Board of Education will begin its textbook adoption proceedings. This latter possibility coupled with the anti-science, anti-evolution leanings of the Texas Board bodes ill for all of American public science education, since Texas is one of the largest purchasers of public school textbooks in the U.S.

Please consider sending an email to Don McLeroy, Chair of the Texas Board of Education and the Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency ( and to Robert Scott, Commissioner of Education for Texas ( that expresses your support for science education.

Take time to write because what a few Texans want, might just be what the rest of America gets.
- Milo

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