Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Competition for Don McLeroy at College Station

LGF notes that Joel Walker, a Physics professor at Sam Houston State University is running for the school board in College Station, Texas. This is the home district of Don McLeroy, the man who is almost single-handedly responsible for watering down the Texas high school science standards and who, justly, earned national ridicule in the process. Walker's "Sound Science" page has this to say:
My initial interest in the school board grew from observing the debate in Austin surrounding formulation of the 2010-2020 TEKS standards for the sciences. I feel strongly that we must respect the considered judgments of our most distinguished scholars regarding curriculum content in all subjects, including evolutionary biology, geologic gradualism and big-bang cosmology. Several members of the State Board of Education have recently argued for teaching the "strengths and weaknesses" of the standard understanding of these topics. This innocuously phrased mandate may even sound the ring of science in the ear of many citizens. However, imposing false ambiguity on hard-won knowledge is not valid scientific skepticism. Skepticism in the face of a preponderance of evidence is only unreasonable doubt.
Contrast this with McLeroy's now famous "I disagree with these experts. Someone has got to stand up to experts." If you live in Texas and you read this, vote for Joel Walker.

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