For Release through Sept. 15
DALLAS – On Sept. 15, the Farmers Branch/Carrollton American Association of University Women and the AAUW student affiliates will stand up for science with guests from the Texas Freedom Network. Val Benavidez, outreach/field director for the Texas Freedom Network, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute, Bldg. H, Boonesville Auditorium. The Texas Freedom Network’s Stand Up for Science campaign focuses on supporting sound science education for Texas public school children.
In 2008 and 2009, the State Board of Education is revising science curriculum standards for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS. Publishers use those standards to create new textbooks for Texas public schools. This summer and fall, the state board will review suggested revisions to the curriculum standards, and a final decision on these standards must be made by April 2009.
A July 25 article in the Austin Chronicle outlines the position of SBOE chair and College Station dentist Dr. Don McLeroy “this year’s ‘battle is to bring in some of the weaknesses of evolution,’ to ninth- and 10th-grade biology classrooms, retaining language requiring that teachers instruct students in the ‘strengths and weaknesses’ of scientific theories.”
Science Teachers Association of Texas, STAT, President Mike Baldwin and Past-President Kevin Fisher, have stressed in testimony before the SBOE, the need for science TEKS to be rigorous, comprehensive, clear and accurate. A concern shared by STAT, the TFN and others is that some SBOE members will try indirectly to diminish the quality of the science standards by diluting or discouraging the coverage of important science topics such as scientific inquiry, historical geology and evolution.
This event is sponsored by the Farmers Branch/Carrollton AAUW, AAUW student affiliates, and the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute. For additional information, contact Pris Mowinkel with the AAUW at 972-247-8781or Melanie Gamble at the EMGI at 972-860-4269.
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