World’s worst science quiz raised money for Christian school

It’s difficult to forget about the world’s most pathetic science quiz. We have an update.

Christian school: ‘atheist controversy’ over creationist quiz may keep academy open.

The school, Blue Ridge Christian Academy in Landrum, S.C., put out a press release saying that the publicity from the quiz caused an influx of donations that will help the school stay open.

The controversy comes in the midst of major financial struggles that BRCA is experiencing. The academy is endeavoring to raise $200,000 in order to maintain a budget that allows the school to move forward into the 2013-14 school year.

The media attention has brought awareness of the school reaching from the upstate of South Carolina, throughout the US and into over 70 countries around the world. Donations have been given ranging in amounts from $1 – $1000. Encouraging notes and emails have poured in from around world to offset the thousands of hateful comments that are not only circulating the internet and Facebook, but also direct mail, emails and phone calls to the school.

While this may be annoying that they can continue to promote such nonsense, Hemant Mehta makes a good point:

The School That Gave Students a Creationist Science Quiz Says They’re Making Money Off of It.

It doesn’t bother me in the least since I assumed they were already flush with cash. They’re Creationists supported by Ken Ham — it’s not like their donors have anywhere else to go.

But since the BRCA doesn’t mention exactly how much they’ve taken in in donations, I’m tempted to assume it’s a relatively low amount and this press release is really about them playing defense after being throughly embarrassed on a national scale.

Indeed. This is not particularly “good news” for them. There will always be supporters for this type of anti-science thinking. The bad press outweighed the good. Is it a fair portion of schools that do this? Probably not. Truth shall overcome ignorance, I think. But let’s not get complacent. Strong science education and POSITIVE attitudes towards science is the key to progress in our technological society. Science will help us solve the problems of the future. Learning fairy tales does not compare.


  10 comments for “World’s worst science quiz raised money for Christian school

  1. Chris Howard
    May 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    I just hope none of those kids want to be scientists when they grow up.

    All the unlearning, and reeducation necessary just to get them to the point that they would be on par with other students.

    It’s such a disservice to those children who do want to become scientists.

  2. Pete Attkins
    May 17, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    If we assume, for just a short moment, that the original diet of all animals was plants then how would the plankton feeders have avoided ingesting animal-type plankton? Surely, the number of these tiny animals being eaten each day would’ve been uncountable.

    When I posed this problem to a small group of creationists they remained convinced that all plankton is a type of plant and handed me some of their ‘science’ literature to read.

    The literature contains so much nonsense and non-science yet it’s made convincing by clever use of rhetoric, logical fallacies, false dichotomies posed as thought-stopping questions, and endless quotes from scientists. The intended audience must be those who won’t bother to carefully check the quotes and references — those who do check will find many of the quotes are either misquotes or taken out of context, and the references generally point to creation science, not science.

    I can understand how a reader with an open mind could be easily fooled by this literature. However, I completely fail to understand why this opposite-to-science is being taught in some schools. How on earth can a student be awarded 100% when their every answer is incorrect?

  3. May 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Attention Creationists: This is a science-based blog. Religious-based comments are not allowed.

  4. DrMeatwadPhD
    May 17, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Pete, the quiz is not a test on the ‘truth of learning’, it is a measure of how much of their indoctrination they have remembered.

    What ever happened to the fraud and bunco units in police departments?

  5. RDW
    May 17, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Any theory involving a Creator or “Creating Force” or “Intelligent Design” that did not encompass Evolution, isn’t very intelligent. Those people are trying to dismiss ALL of rational science, pretty much, because of what is written in a book by people who might very well have believed the Earth was flat. If you can’t get a grip on reality, Creationists, you should really not be forcing your bizarre beliefs on impressionable children.

  6. Pete Attkins
    May 17, 2013 at 2:40 PM

    DrMeatwadPhD, good points. I completely failed to realize that the student was in an idScience class. The prefix “id” is, of course, silent both when spoken and when written; it stands for — oh, let me think for a moment — is it Idiopathic inDoctrination, or Intelligent Design?

    I’m contemplating writing course material for idMathematics classes. It will start with “Does 2+2 always equal 4? No. Your calculators and spreadsheets have been designed by modern scientists who do not accept the fact that the meaning of numbers is different each time they appear.”

    Do you by any chance have some quotes that I could use? It would really help if I could sometimes respond to an opponent by stating “Well, according to Dr Meatwad, PhD …”

    Many thanks for your reply.

  7. May 18, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Your policy must be more than sensible @idoubtit. The percentage may be slightly higher in the UK, but we are told that only fifteen percent of Americans accept that evolution occurred without the aid of a supreme being. Also, as fifty four percent of the remainder are still locked into the primeaval fundamentalist world, it would be impossible to operate your blog without it being inundated with nonsense. However, as long as we are not too boring and as there are not many of us, I hope you can accept comments from the other end of the spectrum. As someone who might be described as a chance determinist, who thinks he only understands logic, it is nice to have somewhere to air my convictions.

  8. DrMeatwadPhD
    May 18, 2013 at 3:49 AM

    Thank You Pete but the PhD is an honorary document given to Mr. Willis and his distorted voice box. I have only borrowed his Meatwad (in which one episode he did say he had a PhD) moniker to display the idea of it being so easy a childish mind can get it, and there must be a problem with the debate opponent, like having an agenda to uphold no matter what logic and truth is up against them.

    Michael, the percentage value you mentioned of 15 percent, would most likely be from a questionable source that has their prophets/profits first in mind. 15% is far too low.

  9. May 18, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    For @DrMeatwadPhd. My percentages come from a widely published Gallup Poll of twelve months ago. It found that fifteen percent of Americans accepted evolution without divine intervention and forty-six percent believed in creationism.

  10. May 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    The link re my comment above is below. My fifty four percentage calculation is forty-six per-cent of eighty-five per-cent.

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