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EVOLUTION AND CREATIONISM DEBATE RAGES IN TEXAS OVER NEW SCIENCE TEXTBOOK

AUSTIN, Texas — The long-simmering battle over teaching evolution in Texas boiled over at a late-night meeting, as the Board of Education extended preliminary approval of new science books for use in classrooms across the state but held up one biology text because of alleged factual errors. It is just the latest development in the ongoing debate over evolution, creationism and the power and influence of children’s education. With midnight looming, some of the state education board members singled out a textbook by Pearson Education, one of America’s largest publishers, on Thursday. Many of the 20 concerns pertained to the theory of evolution.
Evolution and Creationism Concerns Rage in Texas Textbook DebateAfter a lengthy debate that got testy at times, the board voted to have three of its members pick a trio of outside experts to further scrutinize the book.  If the issues can be resolved, it will win approval. But if not, it will be returned to the board for consideration at its January meeting. Textbook and classroom curriculum battles have long raged in Texas pitting creationists — those who see God’s hand in the creation of the universe — against others who worry about religious and political ideology trumping scientific fact. While some might dismiss this debate as being trumped up, there’s a lot at stake for both sides. At issue this time are proposed high school textbooks that could be used statewide starting next school year — and through 2022 at least. So whatever decision is made could set the course for the next decade. Plus, what Texas decides is important nationally since it is so large that many books prepared for publication in the state also are marketed elsewhere around the country

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