Texas Board Rejects Science Books Over Climate Change

Tom Handy

Last month the Texas Board of Education rejected textbooks since they discussed climate change. Climate change is a sensitive subject in the oil and gas state of Texas. 

The Republican Board of Education rejected seven of 12 proposed science books for eighth-grade students since they discussed climate change. Books rejected included climate change solutions by publishing companies that had an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) policy. The books also looked at fossil fuel in a negative manner which would harm the state’s economy. 

The board rejected books published by Savvas Learning Company, McGraw-Hill School Division, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Depository, Accelerate Learning, and Summit K-12.

Wayne Christian, a member of the Texas Railroad Commission, the top regulator of the state’s oil and gas industry, was against climate science and urged the board to promote books that supported fossil fuel.  

San Antonio Democratic board member Marisa Perez-Diaz said during Friday’s meeting according to The Texas Tribune:

“My fear is that we will render ourselves irrelevant moving forward when it comes to what publishers want to work with us and will help us get proper materials in front of our young people, and for me that's heartbreaking.” 
“I'm very disappointed that so many things were voted down based on assertions or thoughts about how things are written or thematics.”

 KXAN Chief Meteorologist David Yeomans said

“This is not something that’s debated in the scientific realm at all, it’s just something that’s controversial in the political realm.” 
“Teaching climate change to kids is the same as teaching them about gravity or addition and subtraction. These are settled scientific facts. It’s not being ‘anti’ anything.”

Climate change is s sensitive subject in the state of Texas and its school curriculum. 

Do you think climate change should be discussed in Texas schools?

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