Last month, the state director of science curriculum in Texas Chris Comer resigned under pressure after forwarding an e-mail from a Texas professor who opposes teaching creationism in public schools. Now word comes from The Dallas Morning News that a master’s in science education that supports creationism has been approved preliminarily by a state advisory board. Developed by the Institute for Creation Research, the online curriculum for future science teacher includes instruction in the use of lab equipment as well as “advanced studies in creationism.”
After visiting ICR’s campus and meeting with faculty, the advisory board found the school’s curriculum sufficient preparation for state licensure exams, according to Glenda Barron, an associate commissioner of the board. Responding to the brouhaha over the school’s support of creationism, Baron said, “The master’s in science education, we see those frequently … what’s got everybody’s attention—is the name of the institution.”
ICR’s Web site, however, suggests a different story: It’s more than just about the name of the institution. ICR’s mission statement makes their purpose undeniably clear: “The Institute for Creation Research equips believers with evidences of the Bible’s accuracy and authority through scientific research, educational programs, and media presentations, all conducted within a thoroughly biblical framework.”
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board will make the final determination next month over whether to approve ICR’s teacher curriculum.
A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.