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Texas Board of Education: “Evolution is Hooey”

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The Washington Monthly with some fantastic reporting:

“I don’t care what the educational political lobby and their allies on the left say,” he declared at one point. “Evolution is hooey.” This bled into a rant about American history. “The secular humanists may argue that we are a secular nation,” McLeroy said, jabbing his finger in the air for emphasis. “But we are a Christian nation founded on Christian principles. The way I evaluate history textbooks is first I see how they cover Christianity and Israel. Then I see how they treat Ronald Reagan—he needs to get credit for saving the world from communism and for the good economy over the last twenty years because he lowered taxes.”

Views like these are relatively common in East Texas, a region that prides itself on being the buckle of the Bible Belt. But McLeroy is no ordinary citizen. The jovial creationist sits on the Texas State Board of Education, where he is one of the leaders of an activist bloc that holds enormous sway over the body’s decisions. As the state goes through the once-in-a-decade process of rewriting the standards for its textbooks, the faction is using its clout to infuse them with ultraconservative ideals.

Among other things, they aim to rehabilitate Joseph McCarthy, bring global-warming denial into science class, and downplay the contributions of the civil rights movement.

I don’t like this one bit.


Written by pavanvan

February 9, 2010 at 3:31 pm

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  1. there are so many things wrong with Mr. McLeroy’s statement that you could write a book. even in the parts where he MIGHT be correct, from example lowering taxes to stimulate the economy, he doesn’t seem to have any knowledge at all. I bet he would be confused as hell if someone mentioned Hayek. beyond the simple absurdity of the whole thing though, why would you put someone that is so openly partisan in charge of the school system? not to mention the fact that his statements are in direct contradiction with scientific findings. bit disturbing for our educational system. maybe we should focusing on this sort of problem before we simply throw money at the problem again(simply pouring money into the system to increase educational standards).

    wonder where the teachers in rural conservative bible belt states stand on these issues.


    February 10, 2010 at 10:24 pm

  2. I imagine they’ve been bullied out of any independent thought on these issues long ago. I definitely agree that money, per se, isn’t really the solution to a problem like this – instead I’d say we need some kind of vetting system before allowing someone to sit on a board of education. Re-writing history is a classic totalitarian tactic, and it’s very, very disturbing to see the extent to which it has developed in Texas.


    February 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm

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