Ding Dong: South Carolina Textbook Fight Over

Creationist efforts to pull one of the nation’s best biology textbooks were crushed when the school board voted, 9 to 7, to keep using the book.

The South Carolina Education Board approved a biology textbook Wednesday for public schools, despite questions from critics worried about how the book teaches evolution.The board voted 9-7 to approve the textbook’s latest edition, which can be used in ninth- and tenth-grade biology classrooms. Science teachers from across the state erupted in applause after the vote.[source]

This means that there are seven members of the SCEB that need to be shown the door at the next available election cycle.

Board member Charles McKinney argued the origin of life is an incomplete mystery and thinks the book presents evolution as fact rather than theory.He asked the board to “carefully weigh the impact that distorted science opinion presented as scientific truth in adopted text will have upon youth.” He said evolution was used by Nazi Germany and other totalitarian states as an excuse to kill millions of people.”I need to assure that neo-Darwinism is not allowed to project lies that could once again allow the emergence of social Darwinism,” McKinney said.The former teacher said teaching evolution doesn’t bother him, as long as students are taught it’s an incomplete science. He said he realizes creationism can’t be taught, because the courts have ruled against it.

It is important to remember, however, that the creationists have actually gotten what they wanted. You would have to believe that creationists, creation scientists, and intelligent design proponents are total morons to believe that this sort of intrusion into the education system could actually cause the removal of a mainstream textbook. But what did happen is that an entire season of school board meetings and public involvement in education in South Carolina was hijacked by this absurd debate. This seems to be the new creationist strategy: Disrupt.

“It’s almost shameful to me that we’re spending so much time questioning whether evolution should be taught in school in 2008,” said board member Trip DuBard of Florence. “I thought we were beyond that. If you can’t support teaching science to kids, something else is going on.”Several board members called it embarrassing that so many science specialists had to come to the meeting to defend a textbook. They also argued that rejecting the book would send a message to teachers that their expertise isn’t wanted. The textbook was given top ratings last year by a panel of 11 South Carolina teachers.In South Carolina, the state pays for textbooks and the state Education Board approves which can be used in classrooms after a panel review.

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3 thoughts on “Ding Dong: South Carolina Textbook Fight Over

  1. Apropos of this thread is this article from Nature relative to a story out of India. This should be a wakeup call to the supporters of good science education. As New York Times columnist Tom Friedman puts it, the powers that be in India and China would like nothing more then for creationism to be taught in American high schools science classes. They want our jobs!http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080109/full/451112b.html

  2. This is a positive development. People should move forward for our future generations. I will not debate the issue again here. Science should not be about politics.But we do need to protect ourselves from the Biblical Jihadis, which, although they do not represent the views of mainstream Christianity, will resort to all types of dirty tricks in their attempts to destroy our Democracy and replace it with a feudal-ages middle eastern tribal theocracy.Why anyone this day in age thinks that the correct way to run a nation of 250 million citizens is to run it like was a semi-nomadic tribe of hunter-gatherers from 500BC is the real mystery. Can someone check these people for lobotomy scars?

  3. Have you try the online bookstorehttp://www.cocomartini.com/The textbooks there are brand new and just 60% off discount. Not rental. I get all this semester textbooks from this online bookstore.hehe ^_^a

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