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    Filed at 6:45 am under by dcobranchi

    Texas may be the first state to recognize a Master’s degree in creationism education. Seriously.

    Science teachers are not allowed to teach creationism alongside evolution in Texas public schools, the courts have ruled. But that’s exactly what the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research wants them to do.

    The institute is seeking state approval to grant an online master’s degree in science education to prepare teachers to “understand the universe within the integrating framework of Biblical creationism,” according to the school’s mission statement.

    Last week, an advisory council made up of university educators voted to recommend the program for approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, sparking an outcry among science advocates who have fended off attempts by religious groups to insert creationism into Texas classrooms… The majority of the school’s 54 students are teachers at private Christian schools or homeschoolers, but some are public school teachers looking to advance their careers or pass the Texas teacher licensing examination in science.

    G-school teachers get raises and are promoted faster when they have advanced degrees.


    Comment by
    December 19th, 2007
    at 11:41 am

    “G-school teachers get raises and are promoted faster when they have advanced degrees.”

    Don’t they usually require the advanced degree to be from an accredited school? I doubt that the Institute for Creation Research has any legitimate, independent accreditation.

    Comment by
    December 19th, 2007
    at 1:31 pm

    Well! Then, I want my master’s in Fairy Oracles.

    It will be just as scientifically sound… and ten times more useful!

    Comment by
    Daryl Cobranchi
    December 19th, 2007
    at 2:32 pm

    Not yet:

    In Texas, ICR plans to seek accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, a regional agency that accredits the University of Houston and all of the University of Texas campuses.

    In November, a team of three independent experts visited the Dallas campus and issued a report calling the degree program “generally comparable to an initial master’s degree in science education from one of the smaller, regional universities in the state.”