Louisiana education case highlights creationism state

Nov 30, 2012 Full story: m.guardiannews.com 10

Louisiana teachers' unions have filed a suit claiming that the state's voucher law is unconstitutional and undermines the state education system while doling out government money to private schools. "This whole voucher plan was to give parents choices. But it is ignoring the quality of those choices," said Mary-Patricia Wray, legislative and political director of the Louisiana Federation of Teachers.

One school, Claiborne Christian School, has a student handbook that says it will "look to the Bible as the main source of knowledge in all areas". A 2010 Claiborne newsletter also questioned current science on the age of the Earth. Another school on the scheme is the Faith Academy, whose student handbook insists students should "defend creationism through evidence presented by the Bible versus traditional scientific theory". Other Louisiana schools use textbooks, DVDs and other materials designed by Christian groups that often defend the idea of a young earth created a few thousand years ago or promote so-called "intelligent design" which holds that evolution cannot account for the development of complex biological systems, such as the eye. Full Story

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#1 Nov 30, 2012
Louisiana state taxes are paying for this nonsense.

“I Am No One Else”

Since: Apr 12

Seattle

#2 Nov 30, 2012
Hedonist wrote:
Louisiana state taxes are paying for this nonsense.
Some people want this nonsense for the entire country.

“you must not give faith”

Since: Jul 12

UK

#3 Dec 1, 2012
The creationist movement can be summarised in four words bulls$$$, ignorance and advertising.
redneck

Cave Junction, OR

#4 Dec 1, 2012
What would Ally Oop say about creationism?

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#5 Dec 1, 2012
redneck wrote:
What would Ally Oop say about creationism?
Same thing Fred would -- it's a bunch of yabba-dabba doo.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#6 Dec 2, 2012
Benjamin Frankly wrote:
The creationist movement can be summarised in four words bulls$$$, ignorance and advertising.
Civil rights was a "movement", gay rights is a "movement" - both actually heading somewhere. Creationism more like what happens when I put my vibrating phone on a desk for a few seconds.

Since: Jun 07

Location hidden

#7 Dec 2, 2012
An annoying noise.

Since: Sep 10

Earth

#8 Dec 2, 2012
Universities should refuse to accept any "graduate" who didn't take proper science courses.

If those idiots parents realize their kids can't get a good college education because they didn't get a good high school education, they'll change their tune.

And don't think that christian-run universities won't refuse them. Places like Rice, SMU and TCU require studying and acceptance of evolution in their science departments. Incompetents can't produce good quality work that universities want and need to get donations.

“ecrasez l'infame”

Since: May 08

Atlanta, Georgia

#9 Dec 2, 2012
P_Smith wrote:
Universities should refuse to accept any "graduate" who didn't take proper science courses.
If those idiots parents realize their kids can't get a good college education because they didn't get a good high school education, they'll change their tune.
And don't think that christian-run universities won't refuse them. Places like Rice, SMU and TCU require studying and acceptance of evolution in their science departments. Incompetents can't produce good quality work that universities want and need to get donations.
Baylor University --

"Evolution, a foundational principle of modern biology, is supported by overwhelming scientific evidence and is accepted by the vast majority of scientists. Because it is fundamental to the understanding of modern biology, the faculty in the Biology Department at Baylor University, Waco, TX, teach evolution throughout the biology curriculum. We are in accordance with the American Association for Advancement of Science's statement on evolution. We are a science department, so we do not teach alternative hypotheses or philosophically deduced theories that cannot be tested rigorously."

(" http://www.baylor.edu/biology/index.php... ;)

Since: Jan 12

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

#10 Dec 3, 2012
Note to self: stay away from Louisiana.

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