This article is based on a release distributed by the Texas Freedom Network. The thrust of the release is that the State Board of Education could approve “newly proposed instructional materials that promote creationism.” I doubt that this will happen, for two reasons. One, the ideological composition of the Board has changed, and I cannot envision that the new mainstream majority will support creationism. The other reason is that the state doesn’t have the money to pay for these materials. To these arguments I might add that there is a cost issue; the use of creationist materials could lead to litigation similar to a Pennsylvania case (Kitzmiller v. Dover) in which the ruling was that teaching intelligent design in public schools unconstitutionally promotes creationism. Creationist materials have no place on the Web site of the state education agency. (A brief search did not reveal any of the materials.) I hope that the new SBOE will put this issue to rest in its July meeting and concentrate on education instead of ideology and religion.
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