Target: Texas State Board of Education
Goal: Promote textbooks proven to be scientific
The Texas State Board of Education is currently working on purchasing new and updated science textbooks for schools across the state. For years now, a group of board members has demanded equal weight be given to nonscientific beliefs in an effort to undermine the theories of evolution, climate change, and other heavily supported scientific concepts. Demand that the Texas State Board of Education focus its science textbook funding on subjects that are actually supported by science.
Texas only updates its science textbooks once every ten years, meaning its decisions on which books to purchase will have at least a decade-long effect. On top of this, the fact Texas has more than five million students means that it is one of the biggest buyers of textbooks in the US and thus influences the types of books publishers create. The companies who publish textbooks do not want to have to make several different variants of the same book; Texas therefore will impact what types of books other states will have the option of choosing. The responsibility they possess cannot be understated.
Yet for years now a group of board members has advocated to its full extent giving equal credence to beliefs disproven by science. These include the idea that humans and dinosaurs lived on earth at the same time and other creationist beliefs, along with the denial of climate change. Such beliefs are simply unscientific, and should not be taught in public schools where the main focus should be scholarship.
The religious influence of the unscientific beliefs being pushed by these board members is clear; yet these books are not for religious organizations. The fact they are being pushed onto what should be secular schools is a violation of the constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state, as well as an affront to the field of science. While it takes more than just facts to create a scientific theory, facts are still a fundamental requirement for a theory to exist.
By signing the petition below, you will help encourage the Texas State Board of Education to update their science textbooks only with information that is scientifically supported. The effect its choices will have on the state, as well as the nation, will continue to be seen in the future when these students move on to scientific fields as careers.
Dear members of the Texas State Board of Education,
While purchasing updated science textbooks for the state, it is important to focus on sound science. In the past, some board members have pushed for equal weight to be given to nonscientific beliefs in an effort to undermine the theory of evolution and climate change, among other concepts heavily supported by research. A focus must be given to science textbooks that are actually supported by science.
Because of your high student population, you have a large influence on book publishers and thus the textbooks available to other states across the country. Beliefs such as climate change denial or the idea that humans and dinosaurs lived on earth at the same time have simply been rebuked by scientific research, and thus should not be used in science classrooms where the main focus should be scholarship. The religious influence of these ideas is not only a violation of the constitutional guarantee of separation of church and state, but an insult to the efforts of science itself.
Please take action to ensure only science textbooks with information that is scientifically supported are purchased. The effects of your decision will have an impact that affects not only the nation currently, but the success of workers in fields of science in the future.
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