While the Comer controversy continues, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is considering approving an online Masters degree in Science Education offered by the Institute for Creation Research. The Dallas Morning News reports:
The nonprofit Institute for Creation Research in Dallas wants to train future science teachers in Texas and elsewhere using an online curriculum. A state advisory group gave its approval Friday; now the final say rests with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which will consider the request next month.
Is this all part of a coordinated attack on science education in Texas, or is it simply the consequence of Texas Governor Perry’s appointment of a creationist to run the Texas State Board of Education? It all becomes very suspicious when you realise that the ICR recently relocated to Texas “to be in the Central Time Zone”. I suppose none of this should come as a surprise to readers of Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub – Ed Darrell saw this coming back in September.
It’s a good thing that the Comer firing got national attention. It’s important for people (especially Texans) to be aware of what’s going on in science education in their state. It’s sad that religious extremists can do this much to undermine science education – you elect one governor, he appoints another to lead the board of education…and it’s all downhill from there. Couple that with what’s going on in Florida and these look like interesting times.