Education

Dec 7, 2010 9:29 AM by Nichole Larkey

Education board considers new biology textbooks

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The state's education board is
considering whether to approve new high school biology textbooks for public school students, in a debate tied up in complaints about the teaching of evolution.
Critics of the books have said they fail to explain the many scientific challenges to evolution, contain inaccuracies and should include information about intelligent design.
Supporters of the new books don't want any inclusion of disclaimers about the theory of evolution or of teachings about intelligent design - which has been barred by federal courts from being taught as an alternative to evolution.
A panel of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education hears the arguments Tuesday. Whatever decision is made by the BESE panel is expected to be approved by the full board Thursday.

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