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The Rise and Fall of Evolution in Texas

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.
Eugenie C. Scott
1:30 - 2:30 pm
October 8, 2011
Texas Freethought Convention
Hyatt Regency Houston
1200 Louisiana St.
Houston, Texas

Texas has had an unusual history regarding the teaching of evolution. For decades, Texas textbooks were required to print a disclaimer on evolution in any book that discussed the subject. Things improved a bit after the Texas Freethought Conventiondisclaimer was removed after an Attorney General issued a negative evaluation of its constitutionality. But evolution in the Texas standards has waxed and waned over the years both in quality and quantity. The most recent spasm of antievolutionism occurred in 2008-09 when the science education standards were revised. How will this affect science education in Texas in the future?

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