School Board in Arizona Redacts Parts of a Biology Texbook
The war of defending science in the public school systems around the United States never ends. Battles are fought in perpetuity in all 50 states. Here is one battle in Arizona which involves the censorship of science, and it is thanks to the efforts of a few fervent activists fighting on the side of anti-science. A high school honors biology textbook titled Campbell Biology: Concepts and Connections (7th edition) presents information about morning after pills that, as the book mentions, can induce abortion. A state law was passed (Arizona Revised Statute 15-115) after the biology textbook was written, and the interpretation of the law by some on the Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board is resulting in the redacting of pages from the book. As reported by The East Valley Tribune:
“The decision to redact the content was offered by ADF (Alliance Defending Freedom) as an option and recommended by Board Clerk Daryl Colvin, who described it as the cheapest, simplest, least disruptive and most efficient way to deal with the issue.”
Mr. Colvin’s words came back to bite him when Rachel Maddow ran with the story and devoted about 6 minutes to the subject, which is not just a passing news crawl on the bottom of your television screen. Not to mention that CBS News has also picked up on the controversy. So much for Mr. Colvin’s ‘least disruptive’ descriptor. As the battle continues, the board of education will likely find this will not be “cheap”, “simple”, or “efficient” at all.