AUSTIN (AP) -- Scientists from major Texas universities arejoining to oppose efforts to bring supernatural and religiousteaching into public school science courses.
They say any attempts to teach students "weaknesses" inevolution should be blocked.
The newly formed 21st Century Science Coalition announcedTuesday it has 800 scientists in its growing group. Biologyprofessor David Hillis of the University of Texas at Austin saysthe coalition plans to spread its message in the coming months asthe State Board of Education considers new science curriculumstandards.
Some state board members favor teaching weaknesses inevolution.
But the scientific group says that wrongly waters down what'sbeen proven in science.
Because Texas is such a huge state, it's ongoing science debatewill affect textbooks nationwide.
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