Texas State Rep. Valoree Swanson is the latest Republican to propose legislation that would weaken science standards.
“Strengths and weaknesses,” as we know by now, is just code for information that weakens confidence in science — specifically evolution. To be sure, if that information were actually out there, teachers should absolutely bring it up. However, it’s not out there, and this legislation is intended to create a way for teachers to promote Intelligent Design (which has no credibility among working scientists) in the classroom without consequence.
The National Center for Science Education points out that similar legislation was proposed in Texas in 2009, but it died in committee.
If you live in Texas, contact your representatives and urge them to vote against this bill.