Louisiana to have vouchers to pay for Bible-based schools where no evolution is allowed (UPDATED: School board challenge)

Louisiana’s bold bid to privatize schools.

Louisiana is embarking on the nation’s boldest experiment in privatizing public education, with the state preparing to shift tens of millions in tax dollars out of the public schools to pay private industry, businesses owners and church pastors to educate children.

Starting this fall, thousands of poor and middle-class kids will get vouchers covering the full cost of tuition at more than 120 private schools across Louisiana, including small, Bible-based church schools.

“We are changing the way we deliver education,” said Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican who muscled the plan through the legislature this spring over fierce objections from Democrats and teachers unions. “We are letting parents decide what’s best for their children, not government.”

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SOOOOOOO many problems with this, hard to know where to begin. But I’ll give you a quote:

At Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, pastor-turned-principal Marie Carrier hopes to secure extra space to enroll 135 voucher students, though she now has room for just a few dozen. Her first- through eighth-grade students sit in cubicles for much of the day and move at their own pace through Christian workbooks, such as a beginning science text that explains “what God made” on each of the six days of creation. They are not exposed to the theory of evolution.

“We try to stay away from all those things that might confuse our children,” Carrier said.

Other schools approved for state-funded vouchers use social studies texts warning that liberals threaten global prosperity; Bible-based math books that don’t cover modern concepts such as set theory; and biology texts built around refuting evolution.

Yeeeaaaahhhh… Let’s make Louisiana school kids ignorant and unprepared for college and life. Way to go Gov. Jindal! Governor Jindal is an advocate of creationism and has been critical of things like scientific hazard program. He is not what I would consider on the ball when it comes to a rational exchange about the value of science. It is a whoppingly bad idea to allow parents to decide the curriculum. Science isn’t a democracy. And this is a poor way to fix troubled schools – it’s at the expense of a valid education.

UPDATE: (13-June-2012) One school board is preparing to sue the state over this.

The resolution adopted by the board states that Act 2 is an apparent violation of a provision in the state Constitution that requires all bills in the Legislature to have a single purpose because the 47-page legislation addresses charter schools, scholarships and other items.

The resolution also states that the legislation calls for public funds to be directly allocated to nonpublic schools in apparent violation of the state Constitution and that it violates the separation of church and state in apparent violation of the U.S. Constitution.

  11 comments for “Louisiana to have vouchers to pay for Bible-based schools where no evolution is allowed (UPDATED: School board challenge)

  1. luvmyGod4eva
    June 7, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    LOVE IT!

  2. June 7, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Um, why? Do you not favor teaching science in school?

  3. Massachusetts
    June 7, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    It’s a total disaster to fail kids in this way by depriving them of a decent science education. Religious instruction can occur almost any place and any time in our free society, so why intrude on a science class? It makes no sense.

  4. Yes my ancestors were apes and so were yours.
    June 8, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    These folks should nip evolution at it’s source… and stop reproducing!

  5. xxi_centuryboy
    June 8, 2012 at 8:04 AM

    Ahh, the dangers of a democracy. Ben Franklin was afraid of this, which is one of the reasons our government wanted a strong public school system to begin with. If enough crackpots get together to take the majority, checks and balances fall apart.

  6. Massachusetts
    June 8, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    centuryboy: good point. The best defense is a great education, which is why this is so insidious, since it attacks the very foundation of that education in an area that’s particularly important to our survival as a nation, and a species, in the decades to come–science.

    idboutit: I suspect he actually believes that intelligent design IS science, which is why he and other creationists feel empowered to make such bold and outrageous moves. We see such movements as an affront to science since they ignore scientific consensus and elevate the politics of opinion and emotion over carefully gathered and analyzed evidence.

  7. David
    June 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    This will allow a new generation of future Wal-mart and McDonalds cashiers to get an education that they need /sarcasm.

  8. June 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Let’s not get into a discussion on availability of family planning options in Louisiana. IOW, it’s not that simple.

  9. xxi_centuryboy
    June 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    I think it is key to note the statement to keep things from getting confusing. Once you start showing people how the scientific method works, you can apply it to everything. If you just tell people to take it on Faith, no testing required!! In fact, it is discouraged. Getting rid of Science gets rid of a lot of questions that are very hard to answer. Science teachers feel the brunt of the creationists questions in school, but (happily or sadly depending on which side of the fence you live on) the Church (take your pick) gets those and more from all the people who finally wake up and say maybe their isn’t a Santa Claus after all.

  10. June 8, 2012 at 3:47 PM

    I believe it’s time to recognize Intelligence, Common Sense, and Sound Reason as endangered species in the Bible belt.

  11. June 13, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    Jindal, “We are letting parents decide what’s best for their children, not government.”
    How dissembling. Government has decided that children should have religious education. If parents want children to go to religious schools, nothing prevents it. Tax money already goes to religions in that they pay none. Now they get taxpayer money on top of that, and children are pushed further away from the ability to reason for themselves. An American Taliban is on the rise in our backwards states. Pity the children.

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