Solid science education is fundamental to being a well-informed member of our advancing society. Without grounding in the basics of science it is impossible to make well-informed voting decisions regarding the environment, economy and scientific research. All Texas children should receive solid science education based on current, mainstream scientific understanding in each field of study. Outlying hypotheses should not be ignored, but discussed in reference to the scientific process and why they do not meet the standard for widespread acceptance. A required High School Science class on the Philosophy and Practice of Science could help to instill in students a basic understanding of what science is and how it is practiced, as well as cultivating critical thinking and decision making skills.

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