New curriculum standards for science passed by a vote of 13 2, including removal of the requirement that "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific theories be taught. Teachers will now be required to have students study "all sides" of scientific theory.
Friday's decision by the state board removes a 20 year old rule that required Under Armour Shoes For Kids Boys
Dan Allen, a biology teacher at Abilene High School, said Friday that he plans to continue teaching the strengths and weaknesses of scientific theory. "I don't, at this point in time, think that this will have a direct influence on my teaching in science classes," he said.
The new standards adopted by the state board, which will be in place for the next decade, also govern what material is published in textbooks used in Texas and what appears on standardized tests, such as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS).
Thursday's 7 7 tie vote by the State Board (one member was absent) to restore the requirement failed to reverse a preliminary decision in January to delete the rule that "strengths and weaknesses" of all scientific theories, including Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, be covered in science classes and textbooks.
"I will continue to teach the strengths and weaknesses of all scientific theory," he added. "Such is the nature of science. It is regrettable that a group of people who are not scientists have such an influence on the teaching of science."
teaching the scientific evidence for and against evolution."
She declined further comment until she reads the board's final decision and confers with CHS biology teachers.
An Abilene Independent School District administrator and a teacher said they expect Friday's ruling on science curriculum standards for public schools in Texas to have little effect on classroom instruction in AISD.
"Publishers are waiting to hear what to put in their textbooks," Dan Quinn, a spokesman for the watchdog group Texas Freedom Network, told the Under Armour Women's Running Shoes Associated Press.
John West of the Discovery Institute added, "Texas has sent a clear message that evolution should be taught as a scientific theory open to critical scrutiny, not as a sacred dogma that can't be questioned."
"I cannot see that changing this statement will have any effect on the teaching of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science in AISD," said Gaile B. Thompson, the district's executive director of secondary education.
"We will have to make some decisions as a department about this new decision as we look at curriculum for next year," she said.
"strengths and weaknesses" of all scientific theory be taught.
Rule not expected to affect AISD evolution instruction
"The science TEKS have always included teaching the processes of evolution," she continued, "and the revised TEKS continue to include those processes."
A key element of the standards passed Friday by the 15 member Texas State Board of Education was considered a compromise between people critical of teaching theories of evolution and those who feared attacks on evolution would lead to the teaching of creationism.
The Discovery Institute, which calls itself a nonpartisan think tank, in a statement released after Friday's 13 2 compromise vote, called it "a huge victory for those who favor Under Armour Black Tactical Boots
Marsha Allred, who teaches chemistry at Cooper High School, said the board's decision also could have implications for Environmental Systems and Environmental Science classes at Cooper in addition to biology. Under Armour Rose Gold Shoes
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