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The Daily Beast is reporting that teaching creationism in Texas public schools may become illegal next year.

It’s only been a few years since new standards were introduced here in Texas which allowed teacher to teach both evolution and ‘intelligent design’ theories in their attempts to explain how we got here.

Now, the Texas Board of Education is reversing course, and are about to make it illegal for teachers to teach creationism or ‘intelligent design’ as valid theories when explaining science.

Written in 2009, Texas’s creationist standards include a requirement for students to learn “all sides” of scientific theories like evolution and to “analyze and evaluate scientific explanations concerning the complexity of the cell.” They also call for students to analyze the “sudden appearance, stasis, and sequential nature of groups in the fossil record.” Complexity of the cell is a stand in for irreducible complexity, the creationist belief that the structure and function of cell components (and pieces of other larger body parts) are too interdependent to have formed through evolution, piece by piece over many generations. Instead, creationists posit that cells were created fully formed and all at once, by God.

These creationist standards are to be deleted from Texas textbooks and children will be taught only natural and explainable science which can be replicated by means of the scientific method.

The decision is far from final, however.

The state board will meet one more time in early 2016 to decide the final verdict. With the election coming up, there is a possibility that new board members will put the stop to pulling Creationism from Texas schools.

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