This very disturbing trend, which is rapidly leading to a dumber and ultimately weaker America, deserves your attention:
Science is under attack again in public schools. And this Tuesday may be our last chance to prevent millions of children across the country from learning bogus science from some influential public school textbooks.
In Texas, state-appointed textbook reviewers have been caught filing some alarming—and unconstitutional—objections to how universally accepted principles of science are presented in public school textbooks, including scholarly observations like:
“As an educator, parent, and grandparent, I feel very firmly that ‘creation science’ based on Biblical principles should be incorporated into every Biology book that is up for adoption.”1
Because the Texas public school system is so large, national textbook makers often tailor their materials to that market. So if Biology turns into Bible-ology in Texas, it could impact how science is taught to children nationwide.
This Tuesday, the Texas State Board of Education is holding a public hearing and we’re joining the protest rally outside hosted by our friends at Texas Freedom Network. We want to hand the Board tens of thousands of petition signatures from ACLU supporters telling them to keep their hands off science textbooks. Will you sign this urgent petition now and defend science?
U.S. courts have decided time and time again that creationism and other religious dogma have no place in a public school’s science curriculum. Yet anti-science crusaders around the country are still trying to chip away at how our nation’s students are taught fundamental scientific concepts such as evolution and climate change.
At a time when American students’ science and math tests scores rank near the bottom of industrialized countries, the last thing we need is another roadblock to preparing our children for success.