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NPT Capitol: Shapleigh weighs in on the science/evolution debate

State Senator Elliot Shapleigh has weighed in on the current debate among Texas State Board of Education members over Texas’ science curriculum. The increasingly heated debate centers around the “strengths and weaknesses” language, tentatively dropped in January by the SBOE. The SBOE is pretty evenly split, but significantly social conservatives are in the minority (7 out of 15 by most counts). Read the New York Times article about it here.

Here’s what Shapleigh had to say:

“Allowing scientifically unfounded arguments and theories to be taught in our public schools discounts science in favor of religious ideology, and religious ideology has no place in our public school system.
Maintaining the “strengths and weaknesses” language in our science curriculum would undermine science education in our public schools and, frankly, places Texas at a competitive disadvantage, both in terms of
education and attracting 21st century businesses into our state.”

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

March 27, 2009 at 10:58 am

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  1. I never liked Shapleigh more than today for taking this stand for real science to be taught in our schools – and for iron age myths to stay in Sunday School classes. For just this issue alone he would continue to get my vote.


    March 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

  2. I have summed up what all is happening along with the video of the Chair of SBOE making a fool of himself, and a short video at the end of what education in Texas looks like when creationist teach evolution.

    Click on my name to get there.


    Tim Holt

    March 29, 2009 at 4:52 pm

  3. Ben, you should interview Rene Nuñez. He’s from El Paso, on the Board of Education, and he was one of 2 votes against returning Texas to the Dark Ages. Dude, in 8th grade I thought the Scopes Trial was epilogue, not prologue. Was I wrong. Go figure.


    March 29, 2009 at 6:40 pm

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