Don McLeroy on Looming Battle over Texas Science Standards
|October 19, 2008||Posted by William Dembski under Intelligent Design|
Don McLeroy, who heads the Texas State Board of Eduction, has an editorial in my local paper:
…Texas is adopting new science standards. Scientists representing evolutionists and calling themselves the 21st Century Science Coalition say that creationists on the State Board of Education will inject religion into the science classroom. Should they be concerned? No. This will not happen.
They also say that the board will require supernatural explanations to be placed in the curriculum. This will not happen.
The National Academy of Sciences in its recent booklet Science, Evolution and Creationism, 2008, defines science as “the use of evidence to construct testable explanations and predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated through this process.” This definition should be acceptable to both sides.
But, the coalition also makes claims about evolution that will be challenged by creationists.
The advocates for evolution claim that it “is vital to understanding all of the biological sciences,” that evolution “has been documented beyond any reasonable doubt” in the peer-reviewed literature and that evolution has gained the status of a scientific theory and therefore has no “weaknesses.” …