Yes that's right, a creationist, Don McLeroy, has been appointed to head the Texas school board. This guy now has the ability to spew his anti-science ideology over 4.5 million school students, and the damage that could happen to the already poor science textbooks in the United States could be felt across the whole country.
Just check out some of this nonsense.
I don't think I share a common ancestor with a tree. However, most of the books we are considering adopting, claim as a fact that we all share a common ancestor with a tree.
Reality isn't required to obey what you do or do not think. The fact is we do share a common ancestor with a tree.
If you want more Phil Plait and Steven Novella have already written up good posts on the matter.