That’s from a thorough dismantling of the creationist/anti-evolution book Explore Evolution. The book has been mentioned here at FCS before, and has been dissected elswhere for good measure. The main thing to take away from all of this is that we all need to be aware that the book is out there and we need to watch for it being jammed into any Florida classrooms. Pay attention to any “supplemental” textbook purchases or donations going on in your school districts. From the most recent article: “The leading lights of the Intelligent Design Movement, the Discovery Institute, have written this textbook on evolution, and they are doing everything they can to make sure it gets into schools.”
Meanwhile, in Texas:
The Texas Education Agency on Tuesday released to the public an early recommendation for the state’s new science curriculum that would excise ideas “based upon purported forces outside of nature” from what Texas students are taught in biology classes.
The recommendation, which covers many courses, also removes language in the current curriculum requiring that students be taught the “strengths and weaknesses” of all scientific theories. Several State Board of Education members have said they support that language. Critics of the teaching of intelligent design and creationism — ideas that hold that the universe was created by a higher power — say such language has been used to undermine the theory of evolution.