The Atheist Community of Austin believes that public school science education is critical to ensuring that future generations are able to build on the knowledge attained by previous generations. One guiding principle of science is that one idea isn't "just as good" as another. The scientific method specifically seeks to filter potential explanations through testing, falsification and the highest standards of evidence in order to determine which explanation is best. The TEA has a duty to develop the best educational standards possible and this cannot be achieved in the light of policies that expect neutrality on the issue of what should and should not qualify for inclusion in the science classroom. Do the TEA neutrality policies extend to geocentric astronomy models or flat-Earth geography? Would they remain neutral toward history courses that suggested that the Egyptians were simply incapable of building those pyramids and must have had alien guidance?
The simple truth is that the TEA's neutrality policy is religious pandering. It demonstrates that they're more worried about offending people than defending science standards. The Atheist Community of Austin joins the chorus of voices demanding that the TEA rigorously defend the highest standards of science education. The public school students of Texas deserve nothing less.
Matt Dillahunty, December 11, 2007