After a fierce battle on how science will be taught in Texas, the State Board of Education voted today to include wording that guarantees children will have the chance to learn and examine all sides of scientific theories.
It looked like we had lost yesterday when the board voted to strike out the requirement that students learn about the “strengths and weaknesses” of all scientific theories, including evolution. However, we believe today’s final vote, which includes the words “critique” and “examining all sides of scientific evidence,” came as a result from your persistent prayers, calls and emails. We believe this language is just as strong.
You made a difference in this important issue! Thank you for standing up for what is right. Thank you for standing up for Texas children.
Today’s SBOE vote is validation that the people of Texas and the State Board of Education reject censorship in the classroom and embrace open and critical discussion in the science classroom.
Current language: “In all fields of Science; analyze, evaluate and critique scientific explanations of science by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations so as to encourage critical thinking by the student.”