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Background Information
Media Backgrounder: Texas Board of Education Actions on Evolution
Q&A About Texas Science Standards Reviews and Debate Over How Teach Evolution

Discovery Institute’s Science Education Policy
FAQ About the Center For Science & Culture
Background on 2003 Texas Textbook Debate

Expert Testimony
Texas is currently updating its academic standards, known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), in the area of science. In September 2008, writing committees working for the Texas Education Agency (TEA) proposed revised TEKS that largely eliminated previous language calling on students to examine the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories. In the proposed revision, the "strengths and weaknesses" language was retained in a few areas (like high school chemistry), but it was scrapped in the vast majority of subject areas, most notably in high school biology. The clear goal in proposing the removal of the "strengths and weaknesses" language from the TEKS was to shield biological evolution from critical scrutiny by students or teachers. In October, members of the Texas State Board of Education nominated a review panel of six experts to give critical feedback on the revised TEKS for science. The panel included scientists and scholars with a diversity of views on Darwinian evolution. As a public service, we are posting here all six expert reviews so you can read them for yourself:

News:
Texas Board of Education Schedules Special Expert Hearing on Strengths and Weaknesses of Evolution
21st Century Science Coalition Pushes 19th Century Science
Texas Freedom Network Manufactures Bogus Controversy Over Science Standard Reviewers

ID The Future Podcasts
Defending Critical Analysis in Cross-Examination: Dr. Stephen Meyer Answers Questions in Texas
Chemist Charles Garner on Chemical Evolution
Biologist Ralph Seelke Speaks Out in Support of Teaching the Controversy
Evolution Has Weaknesses: Dr. Meyer Testifies in Texas
Texas Board Chair Gives a Science Lesson
The Curious Case of the Evolving Dr. Schafersman
Report From the Texas State Board of Education
Controversy or Hypocrisy? Science Standards, Textbooks, and Texas

Evolution News & Views

For Your Consideration as We Await the Announcement of "Censor of the Year": Jamie Farren of Freethought Oasis
Evolution News & Views

What's Wrong with the Miller & Levine Biology Textbook?
Evolution News & Views

Approved for Use in Texas Schools, Ken Miller's Textbook Uses Galápagos Finches to Overstate the Case for Evolution
Evolution News & Views

Miller's Biology Textbook on Gradualism vs. Punctuated Equilibrium and the Scope of the Cambrian Explosion
Evolution News & Views

Can Life's Building Blocks Form "Naturally in Our Solar System"?
Evolution News & Views

Is There "Plenty of Time" (in Texas) for the Evolution of Novelty?
Evolution News & Views

The (Texas) Tree of Life: "Every Scientific Test To-Date" Supports "Darwin's Basic Ideas"
Evolution News & Views

In Texas, Messing with Textbooks: Ken Miller's Biology Skirts the Law, Marred by Errors and Omissions on Evolution
Evolution News & Views

#6 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: How "Freethought" Bullies Threatened College into Cancelling Intelligent Design Course
Evolution News & Views

Texas Set to Adopt Textbooks that Disregard State Science Standards Requiring Critical Evaluation of Evolutionary Theory
Evolution News & Views

Want Background on the Science Education Debate in Texas?
Evolution News & Views

Today on the Medved Show, Meyer and Shermer Will Debate: Should Students Learn about Scientific Challenges to Neo-Darwinism?
Evolution News & Views

Casey Luskin on Darwinists and the "Heckler's Veto"
Evolution News & Views

Terry Mattingly: In the Evolution Debate, Clear Definitions Are Among the Casualties
Evolution News & Views

Texas Textbook Story: New York Times Abandons Journalism for PR
Evolution News & Views

More "Science Deniers" Make the List
Evolution News & Views

Mother Jones, Followed by National Review -- yes, National Review -- Misrepresents the Texas Textbook Review Process
Evolution News & Views

As the Tree of Life Tumbles: Now, the "Public Goods" Hypothesis
Evolution News & Views

Governor Perry Thinks Texas Schools Teach Creationism, while Texas Education Agency Stifles Even Scientific Criticism of Darwin
Evolution News & Views

Andy Ellington's Citation Bluffs and the Scientific Debate Over the Miller-Urey Experiment
Evolution News & Views

Ken Miller's Inaccurate and Biased Evolution Curriculum Intentionally Disregards Texas Science Standards
Evolution News & Views

Texas Reviewers Reject Accurate Evolution Curriculum Because It "Contradicts Biology Textbooks"
Evolution News & Views

Vestigial Arguments About Vestigial Organs Appear in Proposed Texas Teaching Materials
Evolution News & Views

Haeckel's Embryo Drawings Make Cameos in Proposed Texas Instructional Materials
Evolution News & Views

Miller-Urey Experiment "Icon of Evolution" Alive and Well in Proposed Texas Instructional Materials
Evolution News & Views

Glaring Bloopers Found in Proposed Texas Science Curricular Materials
Evolution News & Views

Journal Apologizes and Pays $10,000 After Censoring Article
Evolution News & Views

Digging Into Granville Sewell's Peer-Reviewed Paper Challenging Darwinian Evolution
Evolution News & Views

The First Law of Darwin Lobbying and the Second Law of Thermodynamics
Evolution News & Views

Responding to John Wise's Table Pounding at Southern Methodist University
Evolution News & Views

Standing Room Only Crowd Treated to Serious Discussion of the Scientific Demise of Darwinism
Evolution News & Views

Cyber Attacks Attempt to Shut Down Discovery Institute's Websites on Day of Event Challenging Darwinism
Evolution News & Views

Article on Evolution Education in Science Endorses Teaching Students Evidence "That Supports ... Or Does Not Support"
Evolution News & Views

Did Dallas Morning News Endorsement Backfire and Sink Pro-Darwin Candidate?
Evolution News & Views

My Son the Expert! Part III: A Challenge to Texas Darwinists
Evolution News & Views

My Son the Expert! Part II: More on the Texas Evolution Debate
Evolution News & Views

My Son the Expert! Part I: An Introduction to the Debate Over Evolution in Texas
Evolution News & Views

John West in The Washington Post:
Who Wants to Discuss Science in the Debate Over Evolution?

Evolution News & Views

Darwinists Trick Themselves in Texas
Evolution News & Views

Wall Street Journal: Texas Opens Classroom Door for Evolution Doubts
Evolution News & Views

Associated Press: Texas Board Approves Compromise
Evolution News & Views

Dallas Morning News Offers Alternate Reality on Texas Science Standards
Evolution News & Views

Big Win in Texas as State Now Leads Nation in Requiring Critical Analysis of Evolution in High School Science Classes
Evolution News & Views

Texas Board Meeting Recap for Thursday
Evolution News & Views

Texas Board Member Censors Citizen Expression at Board Meeting
Evolution News & Views

The Evolving Dr. Schafersman (Again)
Evolution News & Views

Parade of Ph.D. Biologists Support Teaching "Strengths and Weaknesses" of Evolution in Texas
Evolution News & Views

According to Texas Education Agency, Josh Rosenau and Eugenie Scott of NCSE Now Support "Strengths and Weaknesses" in Texas Science Standards
Evolution News & Views

Dallas Morning News Debate on Evolution: Evolution Defender Preaches Religion, While Evolution Critics Focus on Science
Evolution News & Views

San Antonio Express Article Misstates Facts on Texas Board of Education and Kansas
Evolution News & Views

More at Stake in Texas Evolution Vote Than Just "Strengths and Weaknesses"
Evolution News & Views

NCSE Texas "Talking Points" Expressly Advocate Scientism and Deny the Existence of the Supernatural
Evolution News & Views

Surprise of the Week: New York Times Gets the Real Story on Texas Evolution Standards
Evolution News & Views

Texas Story Evolves: First It Was "Critics of Evolution Defeated!"; Now It's "The Sky Is Falling!"
Evolution News & Views

Pro-Darwin Crowd Starts Smear Campaign on Texas Board of Education's Evolution Changes
Evolution News & Views

Recap: Texas Board of Education's Actions on Evolution
Evolution News & Views

Austin Statesman Scoops Texas Board Evolution Story
Evolution News & Views

Surprise Texas Board Action on Evolution Completely Missed by Media
Evolution News & Views

Texas State Board of Education Votes To Require Students to Analyze and Evaluate Evolution
Evolution News & Views

Question for Self-Proclaimed tree of life "expert" David Hillis
Evolution News & Views

Strengths and Weaknesses in David Hillis's Arguments about the Cambrian Explosion
Evolution News & Views

Dr. Charles Garner and Other Experts Shatter the Darwinist Illusion that "Theories Don't Have Weaknesses"
Evolution News & Views

Ralph Seelke's Testimony About His Own Scientific Research Showing Limits to Bacterial Evolution Sweeps Away False Religion Accusations
Evolution News & Views

Epilogue on Dr. Meyer's Texas Testimony: Stephen Meyer Demolishes Darwinist Personal Attacks
Evolution News & Views

Texas Debate Update: Stephen Meyer Demolishes Eugenie Scott's One Argument
Evolution News & Views

Listen Live to the Expert Hearing in Texas
Evolution News & Views

Eugenie Scott: "Let Them Come"
Evolution News & Views

All Eyes on Texas
Evolution News & Views

Support the Teaching of Strengths and Weaknesses of Evolution
Evolution News & Views

Will Darwinists Defend Evolution's Weaknesses This Time, in Texas?
Evolution News & Views

Texas Board of Education Schedules Special Expert Hearing on Strengths and Weaknesses of Evolution
Evolution News & Views

Darwinists' Bogus Poll Exposed in Texas
Evolution News & Views

Intolerance on Parade in Texas Debate Over Evolution
Evolution News & Views

Far Left Activist Group Seeks to Gut Texas Science Standards
Evolution News & Views

Expert Reviewer on Texas Science Standards: "It's not religion; it's sound, skeptical science"
Evolution News & Views

Liberal Darwin Activists Spin Push-Poll in Attempt to Water Down Science Standards
Evolution News & Views

Darwinist Gerald Skoog Recommends Imposing Dogmatism in Expert Review of Texas Science Standards (Part 3)
Evolution News & Views

Darwinist Ronald Wetherington Recommends Imposing Dogmatism in Expert Review of Texas Science Standards (Part 2)
Evolution News & Views

Darwinist David Hillis Recommends Imposing Dogmatism in Expert Review of Texas Science Standards (Part 1)
Evolution News & Views

Science Education Experts Recommend Strengthening Students' Critical Thinking Skills by Retaining "Strengths and Weaknesses" Language in Texas Science Standards
Evolution News & Views

The Reviews are in: Texas' Proposed Science Standards Critiqued by Experts
Evolution News & Views

Q&A About Texas Science Standards Review and Debate Over How to Teach Evolution
Evolution News & Views

Texas Science Standards Debate Is About Darwinian Evolution, not Intelligent Design
Evolution News & Views

Predictions About Ronald Wetherington and His Forthcoming Review of the Texas Science Standards
Evolution News & Views

Science Censor Appointed to Review Texas Science Standards
Evolution News & Views

In Texas Former CEO of AAAS Agrees With Teaching Strengths and Weaknesses of Evolution
Evolution News & Views

Darwin Defender Daniel Bolnick Illustrates How to Market Evolution to the Public
Evolution News & Views

Texas Media Bites on TFN's Bait
Evolution News & Views

Texas Freedom Network Manufactures Bogus Controversy Over Science Standard Reviewers
Evolution News & Views

Who in Texas Is Afraid of a Little Critical Analysis of Evolution?
Evolution News & Views

AP Texas Spins Story About Scientists Uniting Against Teaching the Controversy
Evolution News & Views

Texas Darwinists Reject the Scientific Method of Analyzing "Strengths and Weaknesses" of Scientific Theories
Evolution News & Views






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