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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:07 AM

14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools

Thanks to a new law privatizing public education in Louisiana, Bible-based curriculum can now indoctrinate young, pliant minds with the good news of the Lord—all on the state taxpayers' dime.

Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state's notoriously terrible public schools receive a private education. While the governor's plan sounds great in the glittery parlance of the state's PR machine, the program is rife with accountability problems that actually haven't been solved by the new standards the Louisiana Department of Education adopted two weeks ago.

For one, of the 119 (mostly Christian) participating schools, Zack Kopplin, a gutsy college sophomore who's taken to Change.org to stonewall the program, has identified at least 19 that teach or champion creationist nonscience and will rake in nearly $4 million in public funding from the initial round of voucher designations.

Many of these schools, Kopplin notes, rely on Pensacola-based A Beka Book curriculum or Bob Jones University Press textbooks to teach their pupils Bible-based "facts," such as the existence of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and all sorts of pseudoscience that researcher Rachel Tabachnick and writer Thomas Vinciguerra have thankfully pored over so the rest of world doesn't have to.

Here are some of my favorite lessons:

1. Dinosaurs and humans probably hung out

2. Dragons were totally real

3. God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ

more ...http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/07/photos-evangelical-curricula-louisiana-tax-dollars

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Reply 14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools (Original post)
proud2BlibKansan Nov 2012 OP
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #1
ZM90 Nov 2012 #6
Lucky Luciano Nov 2012 #7
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #9
BlueMan Votes Nov 2012 #2
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #3
SheilaT Nov 2012 #4
nadinbrzezinski Nov 2012 #5
pinboy3niner Nov 2012 #8
liberal_at_heart Nov 2012 #10
SpartanDem Nov 2012 #11

Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:17 AM

1. Dragons do exist

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:45 AM

6. You mean Bearded Dragons? Am I right?

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Response to ZM90 (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:48 AM

7. No, angry ones!!! nt

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Response to ZM90 (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:54 AM

9. See post #7

and yes I do have a beard

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:25 AM

2. i'll say it again...

 

I am so glad that we chose not to have kids.

the future's not looking too bright anywhere, lately.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:28 AM

3. Hard to get past #6, "The KKK was A-OK"

Way to "whitewash" the Klan and put a positive spin on racism!

6. The KKK was A-OK: " Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians."—United States History for Christian Schools, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2001



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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:43 AM

4. It is genuinely scary how actual fact-based science is being

totally abandoned.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:45 AM

5. Has the LA system looked at my notes on the History of Hän?

Silly, next they'll tell me ghasts are real...

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 12:53 AM

8. Ghasts: Meanwhile in Minecraft...


http://www.funnyjunk.com/channel/minecraftstuff/Meanwhile+in+Minecraft/edMGGrq/


Just one of many ghast images and memes on the internets...

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:03 AM

10. ok #3 is really pissing me off

Although I personally have little Cherokee blood in me my family's heritage is Cherokee and if any school ever tried to teach my kid that God used the Trail of Tears to bring Indians to Christ they would have one pissed off loud mouth momma on their hands. They would have to arrest my ass because I would be one hell of a public disturbance. They are really taking it too far.

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 11:07 PM

11. This is a part of the anti public education agenda that is if often ignored

the drive publicly fund private school not just drive by simple greed by those, the religious right is pushing this agenda in some states, resisting growing acceptance those that are LGBT and the teaching of evolution.

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