Unlike many other states, Texas does not ban workplace discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, or marital status. But don’t be alarmed; the Lone Star State is working on that whole civil liberties thing. Last week, Republican State Rep. Bill Zedler introduced HB 2454, a bill that would establish new workplace protections for proponents of intelligent design. Here’s the key part:
An institution of higher education may not discriminate against or penalize in any manner, especially with regard to employment or academic support, a faculty member or student based on the faculty member’s or student’s conduct of research relating to the theory of intelligent design or other alternate theories of the origination and development of organisms.
And you thought Berkeley was crazy. On the upside, maybe the University of Texas will be able to help a few of the folks who are falling through Texas’ fraying social safety net. Out of a job? Come up with an elaborate theory about how a flying spaghetti monster created the universe. A tenured professorship awaits.
Are there any forces working against this creatinist crap?
The National Science Education Standards were produced by the National Research Council in 1995 and published in 1996. The Standards were the result of four years of work by twenty-two scientific and science education societies and over 18,000 individual contributors. The National Science Teachers Association is now part of an ongoing effort to implement the Standards in classrooms throughout the country.
Unlike other documents, the Standards deal concurrently with six aspects of science education:
- Standards for science teaching (Chapter 3).
- Standards for professional development for teachers of science (Chapter 4).
- Standards for assessment in science education (Chapter 5).
- Standards for science content (Chapter 6).
- Standards for science education programs (Chapter 7).
- Standards for science education systems (Chapter 8).
Standards are not a curriculum. They are not a set of lesson plans. They are goals for achievement that are appropriate for all members of the science education community.
I found this tidbit in the National Science Teachers Association’s blog site. (Learn more about the NSTA at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Science_Teachers_Association)
And guess what? The Association is based in Arlington, Virginia.
It just struck me that thousands of educators spend decades attempting to provide our children with the best education available. They have dedicated their lives to an ideal.
And some jackasses in Texas just throw caution to the vicissitudes of the four winds.
Forget the wind analogy. There are Texans who wish our children to be as stupid as….well, Texans!!
Remember too it was not that long ago that the creationism, creation science and Intelligent design lobby, the Discovery Institute moved shop from California to Texas where they knew they would be better received. And do not kid yourself that their hand is playing the card in all this silliness.
The Texas Education Board is now saying that Texas public school students must be taught to evaluate fossil types that show there is no process of universal common descent.
Being forced to remove the “weakness” clause yesterday, today they have substituted it with the specific “weakness” they have been shooting for all along. That the main principle of evolution, common ancestry, is false.
Which leaves what? A gray haired man with a beard who lives in firmament [I am told firmament is like electric Jello] who thinks up, creates and deposits girraffs one day, cockroaches the next, and lots and lots of very stupid people in very flat states. Could there be a correlation between IQ and geographical flatness? http://rackjite.com/archives/2724-Texas-Board-of-Education-Moving-Back-to-Creationism-One-Day-After-Vote.html
I have written on this subject for three years now. I cannot get it out of my head. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjbjNlA2tUQ
The United States is no longer the world leader in secondary education, according to the rankings of an international organization.
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development places the United States 18th among the 36 nations examined, USA Today reported Wednesday.
Headed to the top of the heap is South Korea where 93 percent of high school students graduate on time compared with the United States where 75 percent receive their diplomas.
The seemingly downward trend of U.S. education worries economists.
“The United States has rested on its laurels way too long,” Jacob Funk Kirkegaard of the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, told USA Today. “Other countries have increasingly caught up and surpassed the United States.”
“We’ve been asleep for a good long time.
You know the problem here is not that we’ve been asleep.
The problem is that too many Texans and teabaggers are awake!