Texas Bill That Would Have Weakened the Teaching of Evolution in Schools Dies in Committee May 9, 2017

Texas Bill That Would Have Weakened the Teaching of Evolution in Schools Dies in Committee

Back in February, Texas State Rep. Valoree Swanson proposed legislation to weaken science standards. (Because did you really expect anything else in that state?)


House Bill 1485, like its siblings in Indiana, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, would have allowed teachers to teach “the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of existing scientific theories.”

“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 was intended to create a way for teachers to promote Intelligent Design (which has no credibility among working scientists) in the classroom without consequence.

Similar legislation was proposed in Texas in 2009, but it died in committee.

And I’m happy to say Swanson’s legislation suffered the same fate.

The National Center for Science Education reports that the bill “died in committee on [Monday], when a deadline for bills to pass committee expired.”

Inaction defeated ignorance. I’ll take it. It could’ve been much worse.

(Image via Shutterstock. Large portions of this article were published earlier)

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