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

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?

I have written on this subject for three years now. I cannot get it out of my head.

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.

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You know the problem here is not that we’ve been asleep.

The problem is that too many Texans and teabaggers are awake!


10 thoughts on “CREATINS

  1. Used to be that our only issues with school mixing with religion were the debates over whether or not to have a morning “moment of silence” or “prayer” every day. In regards to that, being agnostic I don’t have a problem with prayers before a football game or even in the homeroom class in the morning, if the students themselves don’t have an issue with it. I mean, if you’re an atheist or a wiccan or an agnostic and the rest of your class is fervently praying to God while you’re sitting there thinking about that cute guy or girl you like in English class instead…so be it.

    But deliberately working to make scientific findings sound false so that you can push your religious agenda on kids…that’s just wrong.

    This is a great summary, Dickon, of all that’s going wrong with that evil mix of education & religion. Good job.

    1. cmaukonen

      Geez…..I am glad you don’t have a problem with prayers before a football game. The HS I went to did not have one most of the time.

      1. I’ve seen it done, and while I personally think it’s unnecessary, I won’t begrudge it if the team gets something out of it.

        Here, let me put it this way…when I was out of work, my mother and other family members and friends who are more religious than I am all said they were praying for me to get a job.

        To me, it made me feel good. It let me know that I was in their thoughts and that they wanted good things to happen for me.

        So if a football team, or home room in school, wants to have a voluntary moment of prayer, so be it. Like I said, if you ain’t religious, you can opt out and sit there doing something else while everyone is praying. No big deal.

        Lately, these things don’t happen as much in most states. But they were a fact when I was growing up. Never really bothered me.

    2. Thank you for the kind words, LisB.

      I do not hate religion or the religious.

      People pray, people meditate, people throw salt over their shoulders…

      People are able to get through the day with these devices.

      But my goodness, to eschew the scientific method is one things; to ensure that our children eschew the scientific method is ridiculous.

  2. cmaukonen

    A Jr. High I went to up outside of Phillie would say the pledge of allegiance every morning during home room. (Something I have a problem with actually) One of the students in my home room would not participate because he was a jehovah witness. Which I did not get at all.

      1. cmaukonen

        Previously all I knew about them was that they would come to your house and be a royal pain in the petute.

        I had a friend down in Naples…catholic had he would tell them “I’m Catholic, we invented religious fanaticism.”

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