January 2013

Star-Telegram: Movie on PBS puts Texas in odd light

The Star-Telegram noted the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey. A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. The Jan. 26 column by Bud Kennedy, “Movie on PBS puts Texas in odd light,” makes note of the research. Continue reading

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The Daily Campus: SMU contributes fossils to Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The Daily Campus reporter Charlie Scott covered SMU’s contributions to the new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in downtown Dallas. Many fossils from SMU’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology are on loan to the new Perot Museum, including those of animals from an ancient sea that once covered Dallas.

The fossils represent a slice of SMU’s scientific collaboration with the Perot Museum and its predecessor, the Dallas Museum of Natural History. Continue reading

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Most Texas ISDs teaching Bible skirt 2007 state law

Most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that teach courses about the Bible aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the classes be fair as well as academically and legally sound, says religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey.

Chancey’s new report “Reading, Writing & Religion II” uncovered bias, factual errors and insufficient curriculum standards in Texas public school Bible courses. Continue reading

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ABC News 13: Study finds many school Bible classes ‘problematic’

ABC News and the Associated Press covered the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey.

A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair and academically and legally sound. Continue reading

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Austin Statesman: Texas schools get poor marks on teaching unbiased Bible course

Reporter Ben Kamisar of the Austin Statesman has covered the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey.

A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. Continue reading

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Dallas Observer: Texas Public Schools are Still Teaching Ridiculous Things About the Bible

Reporter Eric Nicholson of the Dallas Observer has covered the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey.

A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. Continue reading

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Fox 29: Study Criticizes Texas Bible Classes

Fox 29 television station in San Antonio has covered the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey.

A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. Continue reading

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Dallas Morning News: Report shows Bible courses in Texas public schools are biased, lack strong curriculum standards

Reporter Claire Cardona of The Dallas Morning News has covered the research of SMU religious studies expert Mark A. Chancey.

A new report by Chancey, “Reading, Writing & Religion II,” found that most of the 60 public school districts in Texas that offer Bible study courses aren’t meeting a 2007 state law mandating that the courses be fair as well as academically and legally sound. Continue reading

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UPI: Study finds Jurassic ecosystems like today’s

News wire UPI covered the research of SMU paleontologist Timothy S. Myers for the news site’s science section.

Myers’ latest study found Jurassic ecosystems were similar to modern: Animals flourish among lush plants. The study set out to discover whether that same relationship held true 150 million years ago during the Late Jurassic when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Continue reading

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