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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:01 PM

Should Taxpayers Be Funding Private Schools That Teach Creationism?

Voucher programs have been established in 12 states and the District of Columbia, and they are spreading as Texas and Tennessee attempt to create ones of their own. As the use of vouchers has expanded across the country in recent years, new questions have arisen that extend beyond concerns about their appropriateness and legality. We’ve pushed standards, testing and accountability for public schools, so why shouldn’t private institutions receiving vouchers have to meet those same requirements? Should private institutions be allowed to ignore state science standards and teach their students creationism while receiving taxpayer money? Does learning about biblical creation, rather than evolution, really help to meet students’ needs?

I first investigated the relationship between creationism and voucher programs after reading an AlterNet article in June about Eternity Christian Academy in Louisiana. Now removed from the state’s voucher program, the school was using the Accelerated Christian Education curriculum to teach students that the mythical Loch Ness Monster existed and somehow disproved evolution. As I looked further into Louisiana’s program, I found that there wasn’t just one school but at least 20 private ones getting vouchers and thus receiving millions of taxpayer dollars. After reviewing my research, New Orleans Times-Picayune columnist James Gill wrote that “vouchers have turned out to be the answer to a creationist’s prayer.”

This isn’t just a Louisiana problem. It seems clear that the U.S. is facing a national creationism epidemic. In an exposé I wrote posted by MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, I identified hundreds of additional voucher schools in nine states and the District of Columbia using dozens of different creationist curriculums. These schools are receiving tens of millions of dollars, and maybe even hundreds of millions, to teach religious beliefs in violation of state science standards. With 164 such campuses, Florida’s John M. McKay Scholarships for Students With Disabilities Program contained the highest concentration of creationist voucher schools I was able to uncover. Indiana, which has been marketed as the “gold standard” for voucher accountability, has at least 37 such schools teaching creationism. A couple of its campuses proudly advertise that their students are taken to the Creation Museum on field trips. So far, I’ve discovered 311 creationist voucher schools across the country.

Those 311 schools are not the only taxpayer funded institutions teaching creationism. There are likely hundreds more. Although many are difficult to find, either because they don’t have websites or don’t advertise their creationist curriculum, lots of voucher schools fit the profile of creationist campuses that are already known. On top of this, two states, Arizona and Mississippi, have voucher programs but don’t release the names of participating schools. Officials with the Arizona Department of Education confirmed to me that every private school in the state is eligible to participate in the program, and since I’ve identified private creationist schools there that could be involved, there is little doubt that Arizona is funding some of them. I believe it’s a safe bet that every school voucher program in the country is financing creationism.

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/should_taxpayers_be_funding_private_schools_that_teach_creationism_20130201/

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Redfairen Feb 2013 OP
Wounded Bear Feb 2013 #1
rurallib Feb 2013 #7
Kalidurga Feb 2013 #2
Egalitarian Thug Feb 2013 #3
Redfairen Feb 2013 #5
Cerridwen Feb 2013 #4
forestpath Feb 2013 #6
Warren DeMontague Feb 2013 #8
Starry Messenger Feb 2013 #9
meow2u3 Feb 2013 #10
reteachinwi Feb 2013 #11

Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:02 PM

1. No.....nt

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #1)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:23 PM

7. ditto

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:06 PM

2. This isn't a trick question is it?

If it isn't the answer is clearly no way.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:08 PM

3. Really bad composition of your subject line. 'F'. n/t

 

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:11 PM

5. I copied & pasted the piece's title verbatim. (NT)

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:09 PM

4. No and no.

Should taxpayers fund private schools? No.

Should taxpayers fund political teachings anointed in snake-oil and deceptively baptized as "religion"? No.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:13 PM

6. Fuck no. Or ANY private schools.

 

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:24 PM

8. No.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:25 PM

9. Nope.

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 09:49 PM

10. The short answer: NO

The long answer, HELL, NO--pun intended!

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Response to Redfairen (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:02 PM

11. Creationism is a problem with voucher/charter schools

 

So is segregation. What will happen after a few generations of students are taught about the War of Northern Aggression in their history classes?

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