AUSTIN (KXAN) - The fight over science curriculum standards went before the StateBoard of Education Wednesday. It was standing room only duringa public hearing inside the William B. Travis building when peoplespoke out about whether revisions should be made to the currentstandards known as the TexasEssential Knowledge and Skills for science.
The current curriculum requires teachers address strengths andweaknesses of scientific theory, like evolution. Many in thescientific community do not approve of the current curriculum,however. Meanwhile, others who spoke out worry that excludingcreationism will push forward a left-wing agenda.
"Sensoring our students' ability to ask questions or participatein critical analysis in the theory of evolution smacks ofideologies that are not American," said parent AngelaWeissgarber.
However, Kathy Miller with the Texas Freedom Network had adifferent perspective.
"Classrooms are best suited for teaching subjects like math andscience," said Miller. "Congregations and homes and families arebest suited for teaching religion and values."
Once voted on, the curriculum standards will help guide teachersfor the next 10 years. The State Board of Education will have apreliminary vote Friday. The second and final vote is scheduled tohappen sometime in March.
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