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Texas Likely to Keep Lessons Challenging Evolution

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The Texas board of education has moved closer to tweaking—but still preserving—high school science curriculum requirements that teachers and academics say cast doubt on the theory of evolution.

After debating the issue this month, the Republican-controlled board dropped language that asked biology students to consider "all sides" of scientific theory. Experts critical of that wording said it allowed religious belief to trump science.

But the board inserted similar requirements on scrutinizing scientific conclusions. It kept lessons on the origin of life and gaps in the fossil record. Critics say the standards still challenge evolution. The board votes again in April.

Vol. 36, Issue 21, Page 5

Published in Print: February 15, 2017, as Texas Likely to Keep Lessons Challenging Evolution
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