When the Texas State Board of Education met in late July to consider supplemental teaching materials for science, many expected the board to approve materials that would open the door to the teaching of creationism. Instead, the school board did not act upon the pro-intelligent design materials submitted by International Databases.

The materials in question were evaluated last month by a state advisory panel, which did not recommend them for approval. Many had expected the State Board of Education to ignore the recommendation and vote to approve the creationist materials.

Ultimately, none of the supplemental materials approved by the school board during their two-day meeting were pro-creationist. This outcome was a welcomed surprise for science education advocates. In March 2009, the board adopted science standards that scientists and educators worried would open a door for intelligent design.

“These supplements reflect the overwhelming scientific consensus that evolution is the core of modern biology, and is a central and vital concept in any biology class,” commented Eugenie C. Scott, executive director of the National Center for Science Education. “That these supplements were adopted unanimously reflects a long overdue change in the board. I commend the board for its refusal to politicize science education.”


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