Texas School Board Set to Vote on Challenge to Evolution - WSJ.com
A dentist is dictating what should be taught in science classes. This 'revising' by the Texas school board is an attack on human knowledge by the religious right. Nothing more. Nothing less.Dr. McLeroy believes that God created the earth less than 10,000 years ago. If the new curriculum passes, he says he will insist that high-school biology textbooks point out specific aspects of the fossil record that, in his view, undermine the theory that all life on Earth is descended from primitive scraps of genetic material that first emerged in the primordial muck about 3.9 billion years ago.
He also wants the texts to make the case that individual cells are far too complex to have evolved by chance mutation and natural selection, an argument popular with those who believe an intelligent designer created the universe.
The textbooks will "have to say that there's a problem with evolution -- because there is," said Dr. McLeroy, a dentist. "We need to be honest with the kids."
The vast majority of scientists accept evolution as the best explanation for the diversity of life on earth.