Texas has approved four grades 1-5 Science series for 2000 local adoption. Our reviews show how well these conform to the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) on teaching evolution in Grade 5. Texas does not require those programs to discuss evolution. But if they present a scientific theory in grades 3-5, by law they must tell its scientific strengths and weaknesses. On this they rank as follows:
HARCOURT SCIENCEHarcourt © 2000
SCOTT FORESMAN SCIENCEAddison-Wesley © 2000
McGRAW-HILL SCIENCEMcGraw-Hill © 2000
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN SCIENCEHoughton Mifflin © 2000
Their 5th Grade texts suggest that Houghton and McGraw are much more dogmatic on evolution than Harcourt and
Scott. How could the state review panel miss these TEKS violations? Maybe the same
way that it found only 32 errors and defects in those four programs at all five grade
levels, while we found 178 more in Grade 5 alone. We have full documentation.
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