Stand Up For Science
Stand Up for Science is an ongoing TFN campaign uniting parents, educators, scientists and businesspeople in support of sound science education and responsible medical research in Texas. This multi-issue campaign focuses primarily on the issue of teaching evolution in public school science classes and defending stem cell research in Texas.
Join TFN's Stand Up for Science Rapid Response Team. TFN will send e-mail updates to help you know when and how to take action on crucial public policy decisions involving science.
TFN believes Texas students deserve a 21st-century science education that prepares them to succeed in college and the jobs of tomorrow. During debate over new public school science standards in 2009, the Texas Freedom Network and other supporters of sound science education persuaded a majority of State Board of Education members to strip out a requirement that students learn about phony "weaknesses" of evolution. Unfortunately, far-right pressure groups succeeded in opening the door to other creationist attacks on evolution in science classrooms, so the controversial debate over how to teach evolution in Texas is not yet over.
The State Board of Education must still adopt textbooks and other
instructional materials that are based on the newly passed science curriculum
standards. Learn more about this important debate -- and how you can get involved with our campaign to protect the teaching of evolution in Texas.
The Texas Freedom Network also works closely with coalition partners to
promote and protect medical research into embryonic and adult stem
cells. Such research gives hope to familes struggling with serious
medical conditions such as juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's disase, cancer
and spinal cord injuries. Many scientists believe embryonic stem cell
research holds the most promise for advances in treating these and other
serious and life-threatening medical conditions.