Bonehead Quote of the Week: Texas Charter Schools On Creationism
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:
“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.