"A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and
balancing the facts on both sides of each question..."
- Charles Darwin in
Origin of the Species by Means of Natural Selection or
the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for
We are coming down the 'home-stretch'. While we have
had more of these newsletters than usual in recent
weeks, the end is in sight.
Please bear with us and
continue helping this week and next.
FIRST, "Win by
showing up." If at all possible, please
consider testifying next week in Austin. The testimony
will be Wednesday, March 25th, starting at 12noon and
continuing until 6pm. Preference will be given to those
who have NOT already testified in November or January,
so here is your chance. To do so, you MUST PRE-REGISTER
on FRIDAY March 20th, beginning at 8:00 a.m. sharp.
Note that in January, it was imperative to do so at
straight up 8:00 am, as many who waited and registered
later in the day were so far down the list that their
testimony was not heard. Call at 512-463-9007, fax:
512-936-4319. More info is located
It has been said that in a democracy you "win by showing
up." Now is your chance to do so. Perhaps it would
make a good field trip for homeschool groups in central
"SBOE Eight" who voted to censor "strengths
and weaknesses" from the standards, contrary to the
wishes of Democrats, Independents, and Republican
Write the board this week at
even if you have already done so via email or petition
earlier. The Darwinists are massing troops at the
border, so to speak, and we must keep up the battle
leading to the board meeting March 25-27 in Austin.
online survey (located here) is still active. It
addresses whether you and your friends think that
evolution should be taught as fact, what scientific
arguments are strongest, and whether or not teaching
controversies help or hinder student understanding.
Please take a minute or two to complete it. Response
has been excellent thusfar. Note that it can only be
taken once per computer.
Teach Both Sides! (petition now goes straight to the
Board as well)
Evolutionist Quote of the Day
rarity of transitional forms in the fossil record persists
as the trade secret of paleontology - we fancy ourselves
as the only true students of life's history, yet to
preserve our favoured account of evolution by natural
selection we view our data as so bad that we never see the
very process we profess to study."
--arch-Darwinist, Marxist, and Harvard Paleontology
professor Dr. Stephen J. Gould.
 Before his death, Dr. Gould was one of the world's
leading proponents of evolution. He, along with Dr.
Niles Eldridge, crafted the theory known as "punctuated
equilibrium" to fit the absence of transitional
data in the fossil record! The quote is from a 1977
issue of Natural History 86(5): May 14, 1977.
For MANY MORE quotes from EVOLUTIONISTS pointing out
numerous well-known scientific weaknesses to Darwinism,
SCIENCE: What people really think
Ed. note: Literally thousands of voters have
written the State Board of Education (SBOE)
expressing their support for keeping strengths
and weaknesses. Below are a tiny fraction of
those comments. Some are simple, some complex,
most filled with common sense and insightful.
If you have not
recently written the board, we urge you to do so
polling reports are now located on
the TBSE website
+ We need to allow FULL education on ALL
issues: I have four more years of public
school left, and I don't believe it's right to
be taught only the "strengths" about a theory.
If a theory is to be taught to Texas's
students, I want to hear all sides of it. - A
high school student
+ Evolutionism: I have studied this issue for
30 plus years and it is my conclusion that
Darwinism now faces major scientific problems.
I have 35 years of college teaching
experience, mostly in the life sciences
including biology. Students have a right to
hear this evidence. I have never taught
"religion" and do not advocate such teaching
in a science class. This is a science issue
and we must stick to the science.
+ I support the use of real science which
always looks at the strengths and weaknesses
of everything under consideration. (M.D.)
+ Why is there controversy over retaining the
language "strengths and weaknesses" in the
Science TEKS? Truth always triumphs over
error. Why is there fear? Why will it hurt
a student to see the strengths and weaknesses
of Evolution? What needs to be hidden? I ask
that you let the truth of this theory be known
rather than present it as fact. Give our
students the opportunity to make up their own
mind after analyzing both sides. Please
reconsider your vote.
+ Teach Both Sides: I am a HS teacher...My
students may not all agree....but when we
discuss the strengths & weaknesses of
evolution. it certainly sparks creative
thinking...and isn't that what we as teachers
are suppose to do?
+ Please retain the "strengths and weaknesses"
clause in the Science TEKS. The heart of
scientific investigation is following where
the evidence leads. The Pre-Cambrian
explosion and absence of transitional fossils
warrant further inquiry. Please encourage our
children to learn not let them be
+ I was taught at a tender age that evolution
was a done deal (I am 74). Only recently did I
have the desire to seek out evidence of
creation. I was astounded at the available
material. I guess the forces of atheism and
Satan are so strong that most people are
unable to keep an open mind. It took a
tremendous effort of will for me to admit that
I had been brainwashed to accept Darwin (&
friends) without question!
+ I am a retired college professor who
included lectures on philosophy of science in
my classes. Genuine science requires
consideration of both the strengths and
weaknesses of all theories. Please retain the
strengths and weaknesses approach that has
served us well for many years. There are many
scientific (not theological) problems with
Darwinism. To accept Darwinism uncritically
is to make it a religion in itself. Thank
+ Teach Brilliantly! Teach Weaknesses!:
Charles Darwin say that the sight of a
peacock feather sickened him? And why did
von Neumann laugh at Darwin's theory?
Gould explained that his "Theory of
Punctuated Equilibrium" is "supported by the
lack of evidence in the fossil record";
original subtitle of Darwin's "Origin of
Species" and speak to the sociological
implications of his words "...Nature, red in
tooth and claw."
Great Cosmological Question and wrestle with
it in small group.
class tomorrow prepared to articulate a
definition of "irreducible complexity".
INTRIGUE STUDENTS! TEACH WEAKNESSES!
+ Teacher input: I believe that a few
teachers who want "strengths and weaknesses"
eliminated are trying to speak for a large
number of us who do not. Please do not think
the educational community wants this change. I
have recently retired from teaching the gifted
and talented science classes at our campus.
Removing strengths and weaknesses would be a
step backward and would weaken our science
curriculum, not strenthen it.
studied biochemistry, I discovered that
legitimate science disproves random evolution.
A change in a single protein, of which there
are innumerable in each cell, results in cell
death. Thus evolution it flawed at best and a
complete lie at worst. Therefore, education
that teaches evolution without its flaws is a
censorship of true science. Teaching sterile
evolution leaves the populace intentionally
+ Force discussion of strengths and
weaknesses: Unlike a lot of people, I know
the details of the wording. The problem with
the new wording "analyze and evaluate," is
that it is possible to analyze and evaluate
only one side of the issue. If a teacher were
to analyze and evaluate only the strengths of
a Tempur-Pedic bed, that child would later
have no understanding as to why his parents
won't let him have one. The fact that the
cost of the bed was never brought into the
"analyze and evaluate" disscussion makes it to
where he does NOT have a balanced
+ Strengths AND Weaknesses are good for
students to learn!
Dear Board Members,
Please be fair and unbiased in allowing both
pros and cons of theories to be taught in our
schools. Part of a theory is that it cannot
be totally proved, thereby necessitating both
strengths and weaknesses in the teaching
process. Give students the ability to choose
for themselves what they believe from
educated, unbiased teaching rather than
teaching only 1 theory, that cannot be proven
without a doubt. Thanks for your serious
+ Any one who has studied evolution and Darwin
knows that anything man has discovered is not
perfect. Therefore to not present both sides
of evolution shuts down rational thought. Is
that stupid or is it more of the same planned
dumbing down of our children. America's most
+ Teach Both Strengths AND WEAKNESSES of
+ Please let Texas schools teach strengths and
weaknesses on evolution and design. One reason
is compelling above all (in my opinion) DNA
cannot be explained by evolution. It is
important that iur students and future citizns
receive a well-rounded education. Thank you.
+ I know that pleasing everyone is impossible.
We have had good resuls with the question of
creation vs evolution for a number of years.
It has been a challenge to the students to dig
into the information available and make up
their own minds. Please dont take away their
incentive to explore and make personal
decisions by blocking discussion on both sides
of this subject or other subjects.
+ Teach Both Sides: Although I teach in a
Christian school, I still teach the strengths
and weaknesses of Creation and Evolution.
+ I certainly object to the
recent move toward presenting Darwins' therory
as fact. Is is very much suspect, and should
be given its rightful place in the classroom.
That place is a presentation that it is a
theory, and nothing more. It is so far from
fact, that it has to be crammed down our
students throats by force feeding rather than
rational thinking and decision.
+ I am simply appalled that persons would be
against studying strengths and weaknesses of
any theory. This sounds like brain washing
students rather than allowing them to think
independently. As a retired chemical engineer,
this simply amazes me. In my days as a
student, this would never have been an issue.
+ If evolution cannot withstand scrutiny then
is it really worth believing in? Are we to
become robots programmed to think only certain
thoughts that are approved by the government?
In case you missed it, some selected results
from the 2009 Zogby International telephone
poll (a "gold standard" among polling
techniques and companies) are shown below.
According to the poll, Democrats(82%) and
liberals (86%) are even more likely than
Republicans (73%) and conservatives (72%) to
support the academic freedom of teachers and
students to discuss the "strengths and
weaknesses of evolution."
Democrats (82%) support
giving teachers and students the freedom to
discuss Darwinism's "strengths and
weaknesses" even more overwhelmingly than
Republicans (73%). Self-identified liberals
(86%) favor the freedom to discuss
evolution's "strengths and weaknesses" more
than conservatives (72%).
QUESTION: Charles Darwin wrote that when
considering the evidence for his theory of
evolution, "...a fair result can be obtained
only by fully stating and balancing the
facts and arguments on both sides of each
question." Do you strongly agree, somewhat
agree, somewhat disagree, or strongly
disagree with Darwin's statement?
Strongly agree 45%
Somewhat agree 31%
Somewhat disagree 6%
Strongly disagree 12%
Total Disagree 19%
Not sure 5%
Three-quarters (76%) say they agree with
Darwin's statement, while about a fifth
(19%) say they disagree. 
In light of this report, it seems reasonable
to ask who the eight
"teach-evolution-only-and-as-fact" members of
the SBOE are representing and why they have
voted to censor the discussion of "strengths
and weaknesses" from the classroom.
Perhaps you should write them and ask them.
Replies may prove interesting.
 Report on 2009 Zogby Poll about Evolution
and Academic Freedom, Center for Science &
Culture, Seattle, Washington.
 SBOE members voting with the Darwinists,
ACLU, and secular humanists to censor
weaknesses from the TEKS standards were Rick
(San Antonio), Lawrence
(Houston), Mary Helen
(Ft Worth, Weatherford), Mavis
(Dallas), and Rene
Please email the State Board weekly and
help wherever you can.
CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT-How YOU Can Help!
Your Assistance Is Still Needed on Three
please write a politely worded letter of support
to the State Board of Education encouraging them
to keep or even strengthen the "scientific
strengths and weaknesses" language that has
served Texas well for TWENTY YEARS without a
single legal challenge. You might also point
out one or two of your favorite weaknesses of
evolution theories. SBOE Email:
Other contact information is located
Second, please take a minute and sign
Both Strengths AND WEAKNESSES of Evolution
here. It will only take 30 seconds and will
help counter the Darwinist dogma that, "No one
questions evolution." Note that we are now
sending these responses directly to the board
automatically as they are received. A steady
stream of "Teach the Weaknesses" messages will
help keep them focused on the truth.
mark March 25, 2009 on your calendar. This is
the day public testimony will be taken before
the full State Board of Education in Austin. It
is especially important that you consider
testifying if you are a teacher or have Ph.D.
credentials. For more information, see:
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