Jul 26 2012

Texas turnaround

Given Texas’ reputation for politicization of education, I really must acknowledge an historic moment -especially given the absurdities of the recently released Republican Party Platform for this state.  Earlier this week, the Texas State Board of Education voted -unanimously- to reject creationist submissions, and teach evolution as a central and vital aspect of biology.  Having once testified before this board myself in darker times, this move strikes me as a very encouraging improvement over our previous situation.

Can it be that my old video is no longer relevant?



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  1. 1

    Oh my lack of a god! Texas finally gets it right! Of course, it just had to be a year after I graduate high school too.

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    Kimber Fletcher

    Thank you for sharing this news! This victory brings us one step closer to a scientifically literate America, and it should be celebrated by us all. Mad props to you for going before the Board and educating them.

  3. 3

    What, in the Infinite Hells, happened to change that moronic, quivering mass’ mind about the teaching of fucking science?!
    Have I suddenly started living in a world where idiots care about proper education and not ideology pimping?
    …Is this an Onion story?

    1. 3.1
      David R

      Could be about the money. The state would have had to spend more for the additional creationism materials.

  4. 4

    Wow. Maybe enough of the right people got told “Look, if you guys let the fundies win this one no science-based industry is going to locate in Texas ever again” and understood it. Very interesting.

  5. 5


    I’m delighted (and stunned beyond measure) to hear that!

    Maybe enough of the right people got told “Look, if you guys let the fundies win this one no science-based industry is going to locate in Texas ever again” and understood it.

    Yup. :-)

  6. 6
    Andrew Skegg

    Aron – your video does not have embedding enabled, but it can be watched on your channel.

  7. 7
    Karen Winter

    Your link is not working. Could you please post your source for this. I can’t find anything on it anywhere.

  8. 8

    !! yay!!

  9. 9

    Has the board been destacked?

  10. 10

    More like the Texas reacharound . . . Thanks Texas!

  11. 11

    for some reason I can only think,

    “Oh just wait, it’s bound to get worse again soon.”

  12. 12

    http://ncse.com/news/2011/07/victory-evolution-texas-006802/ is the proper link btw.

    1. 12.1

      Umm, am I the only one noticing that this was over a year ago, and not “earlier this week”? o.O

      1. Justin Zimmer

        I noticed this too when someone else posted the article earlier this week. It’s still a good sign, but recent activity could undo everything.

      2. aronra

        Well that explains a lot, like why I didn’t know about this last week. Turns out this is the one where I testified myself.

        Now I have to wonder why folks started sending me this link in the last couple days.

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  14. 14

    Praise Ra! Does this mean I have to stop insulting Texans?

  15. 15

    It popped up in my news feed a few days ago, too, like a new item. When I hear anti-evolution news from state education boards, I like to drop the governor a line thanking him for making sure that graduates from his state will never compete with me for well-paid international knowledge worker jobs.

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    3:52 – spelling fail

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