Expert Reviewer on Texas Science Standards: "It's not religion; it's sound, skeptical science"
The Waco Tribune has an opinion piece today from one of the scientists selected as an expert reviewer of Texas' science standards. Charles Garner, a chemist at Baylor, writes:
As the Texas Education Agency reviews the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, a controversy has developed about language in the current TEKS, which states:You can read Garner's entire piece here.
"The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem-solving to make informed decisions. The student is expected to analyze, review and critique scientific explanations, including hypotheses and theories, as to their strengths and weaknesses using scientific evidence and information."
This language promotes critical thinking skills. It has been in the TEKS for years. The TEKS guidelines are working fine and Texas students receive some of the best science education in the country.
Nonetheless, some activist groups are protesting the "strengths and weaknesses" language.