Texas board of education votes on new science standards
A motion to re-insert the "strengths and weaknesses" language into the standards failed today on a 7-7 tie vote (one member was absent during the voting). However, like the Kitmiller v. Dover decision, this looks like a Pyrrhic victory for the dogmatic Darwinists -- it accomplishes little for them while greatly increasing opposition to the dogmatic teaching of Darwinism.
Here are the ways that things stand now:
(1) The word "limitations" remains in the biology knowledge & skills section 3D.
(2) Nothing in the tentatively approved new standards prohibits the state from approving textbooks that contain criticisms of evolution.
(3) The vote on the "strengths and weaknesses" language shows the willingness of a near-majority of the board members to vote to overrule a decision of all eight science standards-drafting committees.
(4) The board inserted some anti-evolution language into the science standards, particularly the statement, "describe the sufficiency or insufficiency of common ancestry to explain the sudden appearance, stasis and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record."  It sounds like a silly question to me.
These are preliminary votes. The final vote is in March, and the board might vote on the standards tomorrow too.
Labels: Texas controversy (new #2)