In Texas, a Line in the Curriculum Revives Evolution Debate
AUSTIN, Tex. ‚ÄĒ The latest round in a long-running battle over how evolution should be taught in Texas schools began in earnest Wednesday as the State Board of Education heard impassioned testimony from scientists and social conservatives on revising the science curriculum.
The debate here has far-reaching consequences; Texas is one of the nation‚Äôs biggest buyers of textbooks, and publishers are reluctant to produce different versions of the same material.
Many biologists and teachers said they feared that the board would force textbook publishers to include what skeptics see as weaknesses in Darwin‚Äôs theory to sow doubt about science and support the Biblical version of creation....
"In practice, teachers rarely pay attention to [State standards]."
Exactly. Ordaining something in the State edu. bureaucracy doesn't mean it'll happen in the classroom. So I have reason to believe this dustup amounts to little more than grandstanding.
This is the same problem afflicting "conservative" seminaries, where the Statement of Faith or Confession says one thing, and professors, possibly something else. Deviants only get sacked if the school endowment is threatened.