I’ve been very busy tracking down results of science textbook adoption public hearings and school board votes. I’m discouraged by how many school district websites are absolutely useless in this regard. I would think that posting public notices about instructional materials adoptions on official websites would be the first thing districts would do. But I guess not. See my previous post that lists every single Florida school district and their current known status concerning science instructional materials adoption. I could use your help in keeping it updated.
Many school districts have already had their public hearings about the science materials and of those that I could find meeting summaries or videos, the vast majority didn’t have a single person come forward to speak. On the one hand, that means the creationists aren’t stampeding the school boards. On the other hand, that also means science advocates aren’t either.
One notable exception so far is in Citrus County. I was impressed to watch three women tell the board how they had inspected the textbooks and found them lacking depth in some topics. One speaker told the board that the books lacked necessary detail about topics like climate change and fossil fuels. No, they were not arguing for inclusion of anti-science! Rather they said the books needed much better fact-based information. One woman said that it seemed that some textbooks tiptoed around so-called controversial topics.
My sincere appreciation goes out to these ladies. They did an awesome job of standing up for rigorous science education. They’ve set a wonderful example for the rest of us. See them in action here. The public comments starts at about 59:50.