Orlando Sentinel reports: “The criticized ‘sidebar’ passages in a marine science textbook proposed for Florida high schools were meant to be a ‘critical thinking exercise for students’ and not a way to undermine the teaching of evolution, said a vice president with Current Publishing, the text’s publisher.”
Well, the sidebar did a lousy job if that was actually its purpose. The arguments used were old, long-ago-discredited ones that come straight out of the creationist playbook, so to speak. The sidebar would be best used as an example of how critical thinking, and science overall, is not done.
And take note of this interesting quote: “The textbook was written by a team, with help from a panel of advisers, Allen said, though he didn’t say who provided the text for the sidebars in question.” That would be an interesting little mystery to solve!