Should Texas schools teach theories challenging evolution?


A state committee of educators and scholars is pushing back against the State Board of Education’s recommendation to continue allowing theories that challenge the scientific understanding of evolution to be taught in Texas high schools.

The board, made up of 10 Republicans and five Democrats, is in the middle of whittling down the state’s voluminous curriculum standards, starting with science. In January, a committee of mostly school district officials appointed by board members recommended paring down the language of, or removing, four standards that require the state’s high school biology students to learn about scientific phenomena that evolution can’t readily explain.

In February, the board voted along party lines to reinstate most of the language the committee wanted gone, requiring students to evaluate the complexity of cells, the origin of DNA and abrupt appearance and stasis in fossil records.

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