No, I’m not talking about voting them out of office (fat chance of that happening in some places). By now, you’ve probably heard about the firing of the Texas Education Agency’s director of science curriculum. There’s not much to add to what others have already said about how stupid this is, so, instead, I want to propose one possible way to strike back at these bozos: federalize the issue.
This latest front in the Republican* War on Science illustrates how this is a political issue that revolves around power, not framing. One way pro-science citizens can influence what local and state governments do is through federal funding. The next time any educational legislation is proposed, a key component should be the release of federal support for educational programs contingent upon the adoption of educational standards that do not accept intelligent design creationism as science and that also support the study of evolution. If phrased properly (and I have to give more thought about how to do that), the Republicans would tie themselves in knots trying to figure out how to stop this legislation. Much legislation begins with ‘findings of facts’ and this would be a perfect opportunity to make the pro-science case.
*You don’t see Democrats doing this shit, do you?