This week, the Texas Board of Education is debating whether to teach science in science classes, or to let all of the state's students grow up to be idiots.
More specifically, they are deciding whether to allow teachers to teach evolution--which is one of the most important scientific theories EVER, and has been accepted as fact by all natural and physical scientists for over 150 years--without also teaching its "weaknesses."
Some Texas citizens think they know better than teachers and scientists, and many are arguing that Texas should continue teaching the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific paradigms like evolution, which allows for local school districts to quietly slip Creationism into the curriculum.
The AP reports on the high level of intelligence of those in favor of keeping the current law:
"'My grandfather was not a monkey!' one woman shouted at a crowd before the meeting began."
Definitely, we need to hear scientific testimony from people who think that evolution means that one's grandfather was a monkey.
Thankfully, the Board of Education did the right thing and voted to reject the "strengths and weaknesses" provision, and to allow teachers to teach evolution with out having to include Creationist critiques of the theory. However, the vote was 7-7, with half of the board (all Republicans) wanting to continue to teach evolution as if it were some ridiculous idea full of holes and flaws.
People who think God should be taught in science classes may not have monkeys for grandfathers, but they do have shit for brains.