A divided Texas State Board of Education has voted to abandon a longtime state requirement that high school science teachers cover what some critics consider to be "weaknesses" in the theory of evolution. Under the science curriculum standards recommended by a panel of science educators and tentatively adopted by the board, biology teachers and biology textbooks would no longer have to cover the "strengths and weaknesses" of Charles Darwin's theory that man evolved from lower forms of life.
To read The Dallas Morning News article, click here.
EARLIER: As the Texas State Board of Education heads toward a decision on how public schools will teach theories about the origin and evolution of life on earth, the board appears split between those pushing to continue teaching the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories, including evolution, and those who favor removing the phrase. Some who support removing the phrase — which has been part of the state science curriculum since 1988 — argue that the phrase can promote the teaching of creationism alongside evolution.
To read The Austin American-Statesman article, click here.