Evolution Survives Assault on Louisiana Textbooks

By Brandon Keim

Louisiana’s high school biology textbooks have survived the latest creationist-flavored attempt at distorting education about evolution.

A subcommittee of the state’s Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-to-1 Tuesday to approve an industry-standard biology text, which conservative critics had attacked for failing to teach the “controversy” about evolution.

The final decision on whether to include disclaimers with the text will be made Thursday by the Board, but Tuesday’s vote is expected to guide this one. Barring some radical, last-minute reversal, evolution education in Louisiana is safe.

“Since they can’t attack the science, they don’t have the expertise, they’re trying to attack the process” of textbook approval, said Barbara Forrest, a philosophy professor at Southeastern Louisiana University and co-author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design.

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