Conservatives use Loch Ness Monster to "debunk" evolution in state-funded schools and textbooks

  • KissTheSky

    Posts: 2478

    Jun 26, 2012 1:52 AM GMT
    This sounds too pathetic to be true, but The Loch Ness Monster is on the science class syllabus for kids at Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisiana.

    The school, which receives tax-payer dollars, will teach kids that the mythological sea creature is real in an attempt to debunk the theory of evolution.

    Eternity Christian Academy uses the fundamentalist A.C.E. Curriculum to teach students "to see life from God's point of view."

    One textbook, Biology 1099, reads, "Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the 'Loch Ness Monster' in Scotland? 'Nessie' for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur."

    Starting in the fall, thousands of schoolchildren will receive publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools, some of which are religious. Religious schools in Louisiana will receive public funding as part of a push from Louisiana's Republican governor, Bobby Jindal, to move millions of tax dollars to cover tuition for private schools, including small bible-based church schools. Money will fund schools that have "bible-based math books" and biology texts that refute evolution.

    The beginning science text explains "what God made" on each of the six days of creation. (Yes, the "science" book says the Earth was created in six days!) Evolution is not taught.
    Carrier said, "We try to stay away from all those things that might confuse our children." (like actual facts?)

    Oh, and what a surprise: the article finishes by pointing out that Louisiana is at the bottom the US in students' math and science rankings. Hmm, I wonder why? icon_rolleyes.gificon_rolleyes.gif
  • creature

    Posts: 5197

    Jun 26, 2012 2:00 AM GMT
    I lol'd when I read that study. But it's a real concern that they're receiving taxpayer dollars.