Call to Action – Why you should contact the Texas Board of Education


What was Darwin’s motivation for writing this book?


Read the full text of The Origin of Species, first published on 24 November 1859, in PDF format: 1861_origin-of-the-species.What was Darwin’s motivation for his research and subsequent writings? In a word: eugenics. The untold story of the Great Civil War was the belief that African-American slaves were inferior beings who should be eliminated. Imagine how his writings reinforced the position of the slave owners.

The following text was transmitted via email to me from The Discovery Institute. I quote verbatim.

You are receiving this email because you are a Texas resident and a subscriber to one of Discovery Institute’s email newsletters. Texas is in the process of streamlining its 2009 science standards. Its current biology standards strongly support objective evolution-education, asking students to “analyze and evaluate” major tenets of evolutionary theory and to think critically about the scientific claims for evolution.

However, the biology streamlining committee has recommended the removal of language from four standards promoting objective evolution education:

3A – amended to remove key language “in all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing;, including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations, so as to encourage critical thinking by the student”.

7B – which asks students to “analyze and evaluate scientific explanations concerning any data of sudden appearance, stasis, and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record” has been deleted.

7G – “analyze and evaluate scientific explanations concerning the complexity of the cell” has also been removed.

9D – which discusses chemical evolution, has been deleted.

We are urging Texas residents who support teaching the scientific controversy over evolution to weigh in.

The Board of Education will be considering the standards at its meeting beginning January 31 and then voting on the streamlining at the next meeting.

We believe that board members Keven Ellis, Tom Maynard, Marty Rowley, and Sue Melton-Malone are under intense pressure from the Darwin lobby, and they need to hear from concerned Texans who support the existing standards. Please call them to encourage them to stand up for critical analysis of evolution in the current standards.

Could you tell them that you support students learning about both the scientific evidence for and against Darwin’s theory, and you hope they will oppose watering down the current Texas science standards that encourage this? One phone call can really make a difference here.

Marty Rowley (806) 374-4600,

Sue Melton Malone (254) 749-0415,

Tom Maynard (512) 763-2801,

Keven Ellis (512) 710-7915,

Please call before the January 31 meeting; and then if time, send an email to these individuals.

Thank you for your consideration and help. Please contact me if there are any questions I can answer.


Sarah Chaffee
Program Officer in Education and Public Policy
Discovery Institute, Center for Science and Culture
206-292-0401 ext. 120

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