|SC State Board of Education elects a creationist chairman|
This from Rob Dillion:
Many of us were quite concerned to read in the newspapers late last week
that Ms. Kristin Maguire has been running for the 2009 chairmanship of
the State Board of Education. We remember Ms. Maguire as one of the
most vocal critics of the evolution standards currently in our state
science curriculum. We held some hope that Mr. Trip DuBard, the
preference of the Nominating Committee, would win election to the post.
I am sorry to report, however, that Ms. Maguire defeated Mr. DuBard this
morning (Dec 13, 2007), by a vote of 9*-to-7.
Even more ominously, also on the agenda at this morning's SBE meeting
was textbook approval for a variety of state curricula. One of the
board members cited a public letter criticizing two highly respected
biology textbooks on the basis of a long-discredited Creationist tract,
"Icons of Evolution." His objection apparently persuaded the majority
of the State Board to withhold approval of two excellent high school
The Board has requested review copies of the two texts they did not
approve this morning and will take up the issue again in January.