Large swaths of American students may soon be deprived of a 19th-century science education because of Texas. Normally, in the 21st century it's a good thing to say, "I'm not getting a 19th-century science education."
But that's not so much the case when the education you're getting is an 18th-century one.
The state of Texas may soon adopt a new official science curriculum that forces teachers to cast doubt on evolution, as the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. [We're a bit behind on this one (as we are on everything, due to a vacation last week), but this warrants a "better late than never" response.]
Why's that bad? Don't Texans already disdain science? They might, but the issue here is that textbook publishers can't afford to ignore as large a market as Texas'. So they'll have to include creationist babble to please the Texas school board head who thinks the Earth was created 10,000 years ago (yeah, like I said, this is 18th-century stuff) in their textbooks. And those textbooks will be standardized and sold nationally to keep costs in check.