It’s hard not to get frustrated at the state of the policy debate in North Carolina, but things could be worse. The Texas Board of Education is scheduled to vote this week on a new school curriculum proposed by religious fundamentalists that would siginificanty weaken the teaching of evolution in public schools.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Board Chair Don McLeroy is all for it. He believes the earth is less than 10,000 years old, one of the claims by supporters of the new curriculum that prompted University of Texas Biology Professor David Hillis to say that if the board approved the changes, “we will be teaching nonsense in the classroom.”
The debate itself is quite a lesson for students in Texas. The head of the state education board doesn’t believe the science that proves the age of the earth. Wonder what other facts established by chemistry or physics or biology McLeroy disputes.
He doesn’t seem to trust science at all. In case you’re wondering, McLeroy is a dentist. How does Novacaine work again?