Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2010
Those crafty creationists just won’t let up. Since they can’t get their way in the courts or state legislatures, their new tactic is to attack the curriculum itself, from science standards to textbooks, forcing teachers to teach science the creationist way.
In Texas, for example, a creo-dominated board of education in 2009 successfully shoehorned creationist language into the life and earth sciences standards. “Having students ‘analyze and evaluate all sides of scientific evidence’ is code that gives creationists a green light to attack biology textbooks,” said Josh Rosenau, NCSE Programs and Policy Director.
But the board didn’t stop there. In March of 2010, the board turned on Texas social studies standards, booting Thurgood Marshall out of the history books and inserting Phyllis Schlafly. “We are adding balance,” said board chairman Dr. Don McLeroy.
Echoing language from the evolution vs. creationism wars, South Dakota passed a resolution encouraging teachers to present “a balanced and objective” view of global warming.
In Louisiana, creationists waving the banner of the 2008 Science Education Act almost derailed the adoption of nearly two dozen high school biology textbooks that, in the words of one creationist, “devoted too much time to evolutionary theory and none to intelligent design”.