07 January 2006

Texas Governor: Teach ID

Here in the Lone Star State, Governor Rick Perry claims a staunch committment to education and related reforms. Our esteemed gubernatorial leader, up for re-election in 2006, has made it a point to underscore his vested interest in guaranteeing the highest quality of instruction possible for young Texans.

"Education reform has been a top priority for Governor Perry during his 20 years of public service. He has worked to increase state spending on education by nearly $7 billion in the last six years; has focused on improving learning in core subject areas like math, reading and science; and has proposed targeted incentives tied to achievement in the classroom.

Governor Perry believes school finance reform is first and foremost about improving the quality of education in Texas classrooms. He wants to reward our best and brightest teachers that succeed in the hardest learning environments, focus dollars on improving performance among students that speak English as a second language, and encourage more students to take our hardest course of study so they are better prepared for college.

Under Governor Perry, Texas is the first state in the nation to make a college-prep curriculum the standard coursework in Texas high schools, starting with the class of 2008. We are leading the way in innovative reforms to raise performance, such as providing personalized study guides for students that fail state assessments, and individualized graduation plans for students at-risk of failure.

By raising the bar, strengthening the curriculum, focusing resources on schools that need the most help, we can ensure more students learn, grow and succeed."

Unfortunately, Perry's concept of "raising the bar" also includes the teaching of "intelligent design" in the state's educational system, as reported yesterday by the Austin American-Statesman:
Perry "supports the teaching of the theory of intelligent design," spokeswoman Kathy Walt said. "Texas schools teach the theory of evolution; intelligent design is a valid scientific theory, and he believes it should be taught as well."

She said elements of creationism are consistent with intelligent design and that teaching different theories is part of developing students' critical thinking skills.

Marvin Olasky, a University of Texas journalism professor who has written favorably on intelligent design, credited Perry with "advancing discussion of this issue. I find it refreshing that he's saying it. The issue is not going to go away."

Just what our state's educational system needs: a hearty infusion of religiously-motivated, pseudoscientific nonsense. What better means could there be for paving future generations' way than dumbing down our biology curricula, assuring that an entire generation of Texas youth grows up more credulous and scientifically misinformed than the last?

Governor Perry: you, sir, are a hypocrite of the utmost magnitude. Countless Texans firmly devoted to improving the quality of science education will ensure you never achieve this utterly contumelious goal. This issue will definitely not go away. "Intelligent design" bears no resemblance to science -- it's merely a grandiose argument from incredulity, one that has absolutely no place in our state's science classrooms.

Perhaps the governor will be able to offer further intellectual gems on his '06 campaign trail along the same lines as the "Adios, mofo" incident (video available here).

Come election time, I certainly hope we can echo that same fond farewell message.

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Anonymous Arlo said...

Whooo boy, she used "Intelligent Design" and "Creationism" in the same sentence. Did she totally miss the results and commentary by the Judge in the Dover trial??

Adios, mofo!

8:56 PM CST  
Blogger Abacquer said...

When will this madness end?

5:00 PM CST  
Blogger beepbeepitsme said...

"it ends when arnie says it ends" (joke, I hope...)

7:37 AM CST  

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