Related to this story we posted about Louisiana’s controversial new school voucher program, here is a peek into what kids might be taught as part of a fundamentalist school “science” program:
Thousands of children in the southern state will receive publicly-funded vouchers for the next school year to attend private schools where Scotland’s most famous mythological beast will be taught as a real living creature.
These private schools follow a fundamentalist curriculum including the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme to teach controversial religious beliefs aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.
One tenet has it that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man then Darwinism is fatally flawed.
One ACE textbook – Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc – 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.”
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It’s well known that creationists seem set on this crazy idea that finding a dinosaur alive today would debunk evolution entirely. That just goes to show how pathetic they are in understanding how science works and what evolution actually means. Incidentally, were they actually educated in evolution, they might understand that birds are effectively today’s living dinosaurs. But, accuracy is neither their strongpoint or their goal. Evidence is irrelevant to dogma.
In addition, the article mentions textbooks contain reference to the Ku Klux Klan and homosexuality as a learned behavior. But, it is NOT clear if such books are still used or will be used in charter schools with a Biblical foundation. Also note in our original article, the update that states that this CLEARLY unConstitutional activity is ready to be challenged. Maybe this will end up a lot of hub-bub for naught but I must admit, I enjoy when Louisiana’s medieval policies are ridiculed, as they should be.
Here is a piece about the Japanese plesiosaur carcass mentioned in the article. Spoiler: not a plesiosaur.
By the way, the TalkOrigins site linked is one of the best sources for learning about evolution and creationists claims. I strongly recommend it. Unbelievably comprehensive.
Finally, plesiosaurs are not dinosaurs. No one seems to ever get that right. Besides, the idea that Nessie can be explained as a living plesiosaur is complete nonsense.
Whew. Teh stoopid. Don’t buy into it.