Science Plant a Creationist in Every Classroom
posted by December 26 at 14:08 PMon
This is scary: An online university that requires Master’s in Science Education candidates who wish to minor in biology to take courses like BI 504 Advanced Comparative Anatomy/Lab (“There is a limited discussion of embryology and accompanying histology, specifically in regards to evolutionary theory and its alternative—the creation of fully functional major groups of animals”) and BI 505 Biological Concepts (“A survey focusing on the various theories of biological origin and diversification, their historical development, current versions and their impact on biological thought. The evolutionist and creationist models of nature are reviewed in light of contemporary biological knowledge. Emphasis is placed on distinguishing between observation, hypothesis, evidence, and confirmation as applied to evaluating evolutionists and creationist paradigms and their implications”) is asking the state of Texas for approval to dispense degrees. The Dallas Morning News has the story. (Via The Volokh Conspiracy.)
The nonprofit Institute for Creation Research in Dallas wants to train future science teachers in Texas and elsewhere using an online curriculum. A state advisory group gave its approval Friday; now the final say rests with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which will consider the request next month.
Seems these jokesters have been popping out science teachers in anything-goes California for years.
In 1988, California education officials tried to remove the institute’s authority to grant master’s of science degrees, arguing that the program didn’t pass academic muster. The institute sued the state, arguing that the decision violated its constitutional rights. The school received $225,000 in a 1992 settlement. By then, a new state panel was in charge of evaluating such private schools.
But wait—how did I miss this?
The institute’s search for approval in Texas comes just weeks after the science director of the Texas Education Agency resigned under pressure over allegations that she had inappropriately endorsed evolution. She had forwarded an e-mail about a talk in Austin by a professor and author who opposes teaching creationism in public schools.
The New York Times had that story on December 3.