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NCSE Evolution Education Update for 2009/07/17

(by NCSE Deputy Director Glenn Branch)

Dear Friends of NCSE,

A new chair for the Texas state board of education, and selected
content from a new issue of RNCSE.


On July 10, 2009, Governor Rick Perry (R) named Gail Lowe to chair the
Texas state board of education. Lowe replaces Don McLeroy, who failed
to win confirmation from the Texas Senate on May 28, 2009. As the
Dallas Morning News (July 11, 2009) noted, “Lowe is one of seven
Republicans who make up the board's social conservative bloc, which
frequently has clashed with Democrats and moderate Republicans. The
most recent disagreement came over the treatment of evolution in
science standards -- with social conservatives arguing for more
critical coverage of the topic." In a July 10, 2009, post on its blog,
the Texas Freedom Network observed, "It's disappointing that instead
of choosing a mainstream conservative who could heal the divisions on
the board, the governor once again appointed someone who repeatedly
has put political agendas ahead of the education of Texas
schoolchildren," adding, "In 2003 and 2009 Ms. Lowe supported dumbing
down the state’s public school science curriculum by voting to include
unscientific, creationist criticisms of evolution in science textbooks
and curriculum standards." And in a July 10, 2009, posting on the
Houston Chronicle's Evosphere blog, Steven Schafersman of Texas
Citizens for Science commented, "Lowe will do what the radical
religious right powers want her to do. She will not stop the
continuing politicization of public education in Texas by the
Fundamentalist Christians who still have positions of power and
influence. It will be business as usual, as as usual, public education
and the students and teachers of the state will suffer."

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Selected content from volume 29, number 1, of Reports of the National
Center for Science Education is now available on NCSE's website.
Featured are Sara B. Hoot's discussion of Charles Darwin's botanical
work and Dana Fischetti's account of how the University of North
Carolina, Wilmington, is celebrating the Darwin anniversaries.
Additionally, NCSE's Glenn Branch reviews Randy Moore and Mark
Decker's More than Darwin, NCSE's Peter M. J. Hess reviews Mariano
Artigas, Thomas F. Glick, and Rafael A. Martínez's Negotiating Darwin:
The Vatican Confronts Evolution, 1877-1902, and RNCSE's editor Andrew
J. Petto reviews Richard H. Robbins and Mark N. Cohen's collection
Darwin and the Bible: The Cultural Confrontation.

If you like what you see, why not subscribe to RNCSE today? The next
issue (volume 29, number 3) features dispatches from Texas by Steven
Schafersman of Texas Citizens for Science, NCSE's Joshua Rosenau, and
Jeremy Mohn, who revealed Don McLeroy's penchant for quote-mining.
There's also a story about the crowning of the kilosteve -- Steve
#1000 in NCSE's Project Steve -- and a host of reviews, including
Peter Dodson on Donald R. Prothero's Evolution: What the Fossils Say
and Why it Matters, Andrea Bottaro on Kenneth R. Miller's Only a
Theory, and Donald R. Prothero on Jerry Coyne's Why Evolution is True.
Don't miss out -- subscribe now!

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Glenn Branch
Deputy Director
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland, CA 94609-2509
510-601-7203 x310
fax: 510-601-7204

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