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Bonehead Quote of the Week: Texas Charter Schools On Creationism

January 24, 2014

This week, in lieu of a cringe-worthy utterance from an elected official we bring you a painfully blunt attempt at religious-right indoctrination ripped from the pages of a Texas textbook. When any of the more than 17,000 public school students, enrolled in one of the state’s largest charter school systems, open their biology work books, they may very well mistake the pseudo-science book for a Bible:

via Creative Commons Images

via Creative Commons Images

“In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth,” reads a “Knowledge Units” workbook, which the charter school students must complete to pass biology, according to a recent Slate article. 

The textbooks by Responsive Education Solutions continue to chip away at evolution all the way through, claiming evolution cannot be tested (“How can scientists do experiments on something that takes millions of years to accomplish? It’s impossible.”) and that, “some scientists even question the validity of the conclusions concerning the age of the Earth.” As one co-author of a widely used, fact-based Texas textbook explains to Slate, the statements are misleading and run counter to established science.

Other inaccuracies from the books:  Fossil record are “sketchy,” evolution is “dogma” and an is an “unproved theory.” And at one of the Responsive Ed schools, Founders Classical Academy, students are instructed that feminism “created an entirely new class of females who lacked male financial support and who had to turn to the state as a surrogate husband.” Charming.

And the worst part? The not-so-subtle attempt at right-wing brainwashing is brought to you by…you, the taxpayer. With about 65 sites in Texas, Arkansas and Indiana, Responsive Ed gets more than than $82 million in taxpayer funds per year— and it keeps growing, with 20 more campuses in the state planned to open in 2014.

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  • clavant

    Gary North, of Tyler, Texas – an influential, prolific Christian Reconstructionist writer – stated in 1982, “So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral law, no neutral education, and no neutral civil government. Then they will get busy in constructing a Bible-based social, political and religious order which finally denies the religious liberty of the enemies of God.”

    In a workshop in Washington, DC, September 1996, the director of the North Carolina Education Reform Foundation addressed Christian Coalition members. She stated, “We must eliminate public education as it is structured today and reinvent it in a new form.” The NCERF literature distributed outlined the plan to eliminate public education. The first step would be to establish charter schools. Charter schools would provide a pool of independent schools to meet the growing demand for private education once voucher laws were passed. After that, persons who wanted religious education would initiate the conversion of charter schools into private schools. That ultimately would result in private religious schools paid for by taxpayer money. The November/December 1996 IFAS article is entitled “Coalition called to eliminate schools.” It is posted at Public Eye.

  • H. Clevenger

    And we wonder why our children are becoming less competitive when compared to the students from other countries. I guess we’ll regain lost ground when global testing is solely based on scripture.