Louisiana dummies shocked that kids are learning Evolution

Ah, creationism; no matter how you dress it up, it’s still a steaming pile of horse shit. Every year it’s the same thing: a group of ignorant and highly religious parents become upset their children are actually receiving an education as to how life adapts and changes over time, and their reaction is to try and insert their creationist materials (which they hilariously call “intelligent design”) into classrooms. Once they start doing that, it becomes necessary to get the courts involved, and school boards with small budgets spend huge sums of money in the ensuing legal battles (remember the Dover trial? It cost 2 million bucks, and I’m sure lots of schools would be dying for that kind of money).

Now while big states like Texas get all the attention, Louisiana has decided it too wants to join in on all the fun. A number of citizens, backed by the Louisiana Family Forum (hey look, another conservative org with the word “family” in it), are attacking the state’s biology textbooks because they are teaching “too much evolution”.

Darrell White also told the Advocate that the textbooks don’t comply with the anti-evolution law known as the “Louisiana Science Education Act,” which the Family Forum helped write and successfully lobbied for in 2008. The LSEA instructs educators to promote “critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.” It also allows teachers and school districts to use “supplemental textbooks,” which are just code words for creationist and pro-intelligent design materials.

The losers in this whole thing are the kids, who as a consequence of all this nonsense end up having a shitty education. While Americans continue to wrestle with the incompatibility of their religion and objective reality, the rest of the world is passing them by at the speed of light. It’s hard to imagine what influence all of this “debate” will have on these students as they enter the global marketplace, but it’s not likely to be very good. How can you survive in a knowledge-based economy when your citizens keep filling their heads with superstitious bullshit?

Comments (3)

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    Jessica Sideways

    *sigh* That is fucked in the head. Honestly, why the hell are these parents so dead set against their children getting a reality-based education? I was raised in Texas, where Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) were opposed by my school district and the majority of parents did not want to provide a reality-based education.

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    Spector567

    What I would truely love is for the teachers to clearly help the students with criticle thinking skills.

    Teacher: ok kids lets apply our criticle thinking skills as to why Answers in Gensis is wrong.

    Lets critically apply the ruling and evidence of the dover trial.

    Lets discuss Larkism or any of the other hundreds of theories that have more evidence.

    As a pointed out to a younge creationist who decided to quiz his teacher using stuff from AiG. The teacher isn’t allowed to publically contradict your religion. So while you are free to say what you want his hands are tied. Unless he wants to agree with you that is.

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    alastair

    yet another case of this dumbing down of american schools. When their problems get worse, they will look to god for answers, only making it worse.

    I wish there was a class at school for critical thought, a mix of testing students reasoning skills with debates, theory, history, human psychology, etc. This way students could learn about how fallible we are, how we can trick ourselves into believing things, the effects of social acceptance onto beliefs, it doesnt even need to go into religion, only make people be more critical about what they assume to be true, and how to make more balanced decisions.

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