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Testify: Say No To CSCOPEIMPORTANT TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARINGS:

“Now or Never: Time for Concerned Texans To Testify”

by Donna Garner

9.11.13

 IMPORTANT TEXAS STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC HEARINGS: 

[Concerned citizens may either testify orally and/or submit their testimonies in writing. To see details, click the links provided.]

 Sept. 13, 2013 – 9:00 A. M. – CSCOPE Social Studies lesson plans review by SBOE’s Ad Hoc Review Committee
http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769807057

Written Testimony – Written testimony offered in lieu of oral testimony should be submitted two business days before the meeting to ensure that members have had an opportunity to review it. Please submit by mail, electronic mail, or by fax.  It may, however, be submitted no later than thirty minutes prior to the meeting (20 copies).  Written testimony should not exceed three pages of double-space text and should be attached to a completed registration form.   http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index3.aspx?id=428&LangType=1033&ekfxmen_noscript=1&ekfxmensel=e105c3e3e_620_636

 Sept. 17, 2013 – 1:00 P. M. – Textbook review of Science K-12, Math K-8, Technology Applications K-12

         Sept. 17, 2013 — Texas State Board of Education Public Hearing on Proclamation 2014 —  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769807193

        Textbook subjects in Proclamation 2014? — http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147505402

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 Information from Donna Garner

“Religious conservatives on Texas textbook review panels criticize proposed science books” – by Terrence Stutz, Dallas Morning News —http://www.dallasnews.com/news/state/headlines/20130909-religious-conservatives-on-texas-textbook-review-panels-criticize-proposed-science-books.ece

 Excerpts from this article:

 AUSTIN — Religious conservatives serving on state textbook review panels have criticized several proposed high school biology textbooks for not including arguments against Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

 …The evaluations will be presented at a board meeting next week. Publishers must consider them, along with testimony. They can make changes before the board votes on the texts in November.

 “I understand the National Academy of Science’s strong support of the theory of evolution,” said Texas A&M University nutritionist Karen Beathard, one of the biology textbook reviewers. “At the same time, this is a theory. As an educator, parent and grandparent, I feel very firmly that creation science based on biblical principles should be incorporated into every biology book that is up for adoption.”

 Other reviewers objected to the books’ acceptance of key evolutionary principles. Among them is the fossil evidence for the evolution of humans and other life species.

 Former State Board of Education Chairwoman Gail Lowe nominated nearly a third of the 28 reviewers for biology books. A social conservative and creationist, Lowe was defeated in her re-election bid last year.

 …As one of the largest textbook purchasers in the nation, Texas wields strong influence on books marketed in other states.

 In all, publishers have offered 14 high school biology books for adoption in Texas. That includes offerings from the three big textbook publishers: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson.

 Although school districts are not required to buy textbooks adopted by the board, most do. To get on the list, a book must cover at least half of the curriculum requirements in each subject area.

 Social conservatives on the review panels also criticized the coverage of global warming in some books. They argued that questions remain about the impact of climate change.

 The science books up for adoption reflect curriculum standards that the education board approved in 2009. The vote followed lengthy debate over evolution and how it should be taught in Texas schools.

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THREE EASY-TO-UNDERSTAND ARTICLES ON GLOBAL WARMING/CLIMATE CHANGE BY ENVIRONMENTAL SPECIALIST:

2.1.13 – “Obama’s Climate Change Agenda” — by Henry W. Burke —http://educationviews.org/obamas-climate-change-agenda/

2.24.13 – “Global Warming Skeptics” – by Henry W. Burke – http://educationviews.org/global-warming-a-two-part-series/

 2.24.13 – “Global Warming Is an Expensive Myth” – by Henry W. Burke —http://educationviews.org/global-warming-an-expensive-myth-pt-2-of-2/

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Sept. 13, 2013 – CSCOPE Review of social studies lessons, Ad Hoc Committee hearing —http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=25769807057

Sept. 17, 2013 — Texas State Board of Education Public Hearing on Proclamation 2014 —  http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=25769807193

 Textbook subjects in Proclamation 2014? — http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?id=2147505402


Donna Garner

Wgarner1@hot.rr.com

 

 

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