Tell the Texas State Board of Education: Adopt the books and stand up for science

To: Texas State Board of Education

On Friday the Texas State Board of Education cast a final vote to approve science textbooks based on established science. This is a huge victory for science education and all the Texas students who will have sound science materials in their classrooms for the next decade. You deserve the credit for this. Texas Freedom Network’s Stand Up for Science campaign has been possible because of supporters like you and Credo Mobilize who kept the pressure on by taking action online.
Tell the Texas State Board of Education: Adopt the books and stand up for science
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Stand up for science and approve public school science textbooks that are based on sound, peer-reviewed scholarship – not the opinions of politicians and culture warriors whose personal views aren't backed up by real science.

Why is this important?

On November 22, the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) will take a final vote on science materials that will be in classrooms for the next decade. And for years, an anti-science faction of that board has done all it can to undermine the science of evolution and climate change by giving equal weight to nonscientific beliefs like climate change denial and the idea that dinosaurs and humans coexisted.

Keeping creationism, climate-change denial and other junk science out of public schools is personal for me. Louisiana, where I grew up, actually has a law promoting creationism. And I’ve been fighting to keep that kind of anti-science propaganda out of textbooks since I was in high school.

Now as a student at Rice University in Houston, I’m furious that the same extremists are trying to insert their ideological agenda and their religious and unscientific views into science classrooms and textbooks in Texas. That's why I've been working as a volunteer with the Texas Freedom Network this year.

Because of the advocacy and public protest rallied by the Texas Freedom Network and other pro-science groups, all 14 textbook publishers have refused to water down or compromise instruction on evolution and climate change in their proposed new biology books.

Now those science textbooks face their biggest threat — the 15 politicians who sit on the Texas State Board of Education. The state board, including its creationist chair and other anti-science members, takes up consideration of these materials on November 22.

We've said from the beginning that we want students to learn real science in their classroom, not discredited creationist arguments that will leave them unprepared for college and the jobs of the 21st century.

And now our goal — science textbooks with complete, accurate information on evolution and climate change — is within reach.

We can win this.

Whether you have school-aged kids or not, this fight is too important to the future of Texas and the nation to ignore. With 5 million students, Texas is one of the country's biggest buyers of textbooks. And that means this upcoming decision will have a major impact on other states because the books adopted in Texas are often used in other states around the country.

Tell the Texas State Board of Education: Adopt the books and stand up for science.

How it will be delivered

Petition will be delivered to the members of the Texas State Board of Education at the public hearing in advance of the final vote on science textbooks on November 22.
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  • Shawn H. 2013-11-17 18:40:40 -0800
    Religion is not science, just as science is not religion. Let's teach our kids that simple truth.
  • Christine J. 2013-11-12 10:51:47 -0800
    In honor of my public school science teachers, I am signing this petition. The critical thinking skills I learned in a diverse variety of science disciplines prepared me for academic, professional and personal growth and development - and most importantly prepared me to adapt to unexpected adversities and challenges throughout my adult life.
  • Linda K. 2013-11-12 09:36:05 -0800
    US students already falling behind. Prevent religious fanaticism 3rd worlding the USA!

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