Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Factual Defects

According to the Ventura County Star, the Ventura County Board of Education has postponed a vote to approve the biology textbook, Focus on California Life Science, because board member Ron Matthews objected to its discussion of evolution. Matthews, reportedly, believes creationism should be taught alongside evoluiton.

Chris Valenzano also objects to the way the proposed textbook treats evolution because he believes students should be exposed to all theories of creation.

For the truly hardened defender of evolution, there's nothing too surprising there, but then we read this:
Carl Olson, the father of a Simi Valley High School student, also spoke
against the book, saying that it contains "factual defects."

Among the examples he presented to the board in a paper, Olson noted that on page 35 the book "has a label ‘electromagnetic radiation' with squiggly lines — which is not what electromagnetic radiation is."


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