Gov. Perry, we’d like to bring an exciting money-making opportunity to your attention.
Last month when the SBOE debated adoption of instructional materials in science, Mercer made a very generous offer:
You show me one (science curriculum standard) where there’s God or Jesus, intelligent design, creationism. Show me that, and I’ll give you $500.
The National Center for Science Education has video of Mercer’s offer:
Now fast forward a few weeks, where you stated unequivocally:
In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools — because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.
You and Mr. Mercer should talk about that $500 check. He doesn’t strike us as a welcher, so we’re sure he’ll hand that $500 right over.
A word of caution, though. A bunch of us fact-checked your creationism comment, and despite your assertion, we couldn’t find anything in the standards calling for creationism to be taught in public schools, probably in large part because it’s a constitutional no-no. Our guess is that Mercer doesn’t technically owe you anything. But since you’ve appointed most of Texas’ Supreme Court justices, you might be able force him to pay up, if you want to explore litigation.
Oh, and do you have the Texas Education Agency’s phone number? They need to hear about this offer, too.