TX Board Decides on Evolution in Textbooks

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The Texas Board of Education is making a major decision today involving how evolution appears in school textbooks.

The 15-member board are setting standards for their science classrooms for the next ten years. This also means guiding the contents of textbooks -- in Texas and possibly across the country.

Logan Gage, policy analyst at the Discovery Institute, will appear on today's CBN News' NewsWatch program to discuss the decision before the Texas board and what is really at stake. Check local listings. Or check back with CBNNews.com after 5:00 pm. ESDT to watch the report and Gage's interview.

The controversy focuses on how evolution is to be taught.  However, there are many unanswered questions. Should Darwin be portrayed with both strengths and weaknesses? Should evolution be taught by including critical analysis of key concepts? Or should evolution be taught as absolute with criticism left aside as junk science?

"To not say that strengths and weaknesses are important, I think that's dumbing down education," said David Shormann, who supports showing Darwin's strengths and weaknesses.

Kathy Miller opposes such language in the textbooks.

"Teach evolution as science," she said. "Leave all the junk science out, because it is the 21st century and our kids need that foundation. "For a student anyway, they are learning. They need to learn what critical thinking is, and critical thinking means to look at all the evidence."

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