Texas scientists on Tuesday asked the state's board of education not to insert a "strengths and weaknesses" provision into new state science standards. Critics say that language, which is present in the current standards, imparts the notion that the theory of evolution should be viewed with skepticism and opens the door for schools to promote ideological agendas unrelated to science education. "We should teach students 21st-century science, not some watered-down version with phony arguments that non-scientists disingenuously call 'weaknesses,'" said Sahotra Sarkar, a University of Texas biology professor.

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