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Texas Panel: "Creation Science" Should Be in Every Biology Textbook




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Texas Panel: "Creation Science" Should Be in Every Biology Textbook

By Josh Harkinson

Behind closed doors, textbook reviewers appointed by the Texas State Board of Education are pushing to inject creationism into teaching materials that will be adopted statewide in high schools this year, according to new documents obtained by watchdog groups. Records show that the textbook reviewers made ideological objections to material on evolution and climate change in science textbooks from at least seven publishers, including several of the nation's largest publishing houses. Failing to obtain a review panel's top rating can make it harder for publishers to sell their textbooks to school districts, and can even lead the state to reject the books altogether. [READ MORE]

 

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