If you think this happened, you get an A in Texas

Don’t penalize Texas students for any belief about science, bill says | State | Star-Telegram.com — This is actually worse than the headline indicates. Students in Texas can believe anything they want and it’s just peachy.

Don’t believe in the theory of relativity?

Students wouldn’t have to and could not be penalized for it in school under proposed legislation filed Friday.

Teachers could not be penalized, either, if they reject plate tectonics or the kinetic theory of gases.

The bill says that neither student nor teacher could be penalized for subscribing to any particular position on any scientific theories or hypotheses.

“Students could claim they believe anything they wanted in anything in science and if that’s what they say, the teacher would be forced to give that student an A,” said Steven Schafersman, president of Texas Citizens for Science. “That’s how bad this bill is written.”

But Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, who filed the bill, said it is not an out for students, because they must still be evaluated on course materials taught.

“They can be lazy if they want to . . . but teachers are still in charge of the grading system,” Christian said.

The bill does not address evolution specifically, but that seems to be its target. Its goal is to reintroduce the ability to teach “weaknesses” of scientific theories. After two days of heated debate, the State Board of Education narrowly voted this winter to remove a requirement that Texas public schools teach weaknesses in the theory of evolution.

  1. QB says:

    Science is all about ripping apart theories – that’s how the game works. If the creationists want to play seriously in the arena then they’ll need to bring a better game.

  2. Mr. Fusion says:

    #61, QB,

    Science is all about ripping apart theories

    I respectfully disagree.

    Science is all about learning. If we can learn something new that changes a Scientific Theory, then great. That though is totally different than “ripping it apart”.

    Theories are expected to withstand challenge. To be “provable”. They might not be perfect or have all the answers, but they are the best thing we currently have.

  3. Dallas says:

    If man were meant to fly, he’d have wings.


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