Creationism and education

Why should a religious school that refuses to teach evolution be accredited?

This issue has always bugged me. I support the right of parents to send their kids to a religious school. I believe that under our Constitution you have that right.

However, since school is mandatory, the students need to be taught the basics they need. They need to be taught facts. Otherwise, you’re dooming their future at a time when they cannot make that decision themselves.

If a religious school taught that 1 + 1 = 5, there is no way a state would allow them to continue. But somehow, they can teach that humans and dinosaurs were on the planet at the same time and it’s perfectly fine. What nonsense. That’s not education. That’s child abuse.

Sadly, there are even some Christian colleges that do this. You get credit for saying the earth is 6,000 years old. It’s the only school where you can fail by getting the answer right.

So when you see that new picture floating around the internet which purports to show a test where the student is rewarded for this nonsense, remember: It’s not made up. There really are schools like this. And Snopes even confirms it.

And that is something we should all be ashamed of. No wonder the rest of the civilized world beats us in science scores.

9 thoughts on “Creationism and education

  1. I agree, Mike. If they’re not going to teach accepted fact-based science, then they cannot be considered for accreditation. And the children that are misguided by these people will lag behind the rest of civilization their entire lives. Even if you are a creationist, you know that evolution is the scientifically accepted standard, so wouldn’t it be prudent, for your children’s sake, to teach BOTH in the religious school (spin it how you want) so at least when someone mentions the word the kids don’t have to look it up to fidn out what it means? Isn’t this exactly what they want public schools to do–teach them both?

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  2. I find this to be beyond sad. I attended Catholic school in North Carolina, Louisiana and Texas through fifth grade. Our science classes did not teach this nonsense. We had a separate class for religion as well as the mandatory masses we attended every Friday morning.

    Creationism has absolutely no place in our public school curriculum. It is not up to the public education system to teach or endorse any religious dogma under the guise of education.

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  3. Public education is threatened on many fronts because of topics that are controversial for political or religious reasons, even though consensus exists is the scientific community. Creationism, climate change, sex education…all stunted because of a terrible anti-science movement which tries to push its agenda by willful ignorance of facts.

    Public schools are not the place for these ideological battles to occur. It’s bad enough that the older generation has been fooled by these follies, it is criminal to let it try to creep into the generation which can hopefully fix the messes we have made.

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  4. On the one hand, I think education is too important to rely on the government for it. Parents should have the freedom to send their kids to the school of their choice. I am firm supporter of school choice.

    On the other hand, children aren’t consenting adults and one of the handful of legitimate functions of government authority (i.e., the initiation of violence) is to protect those who are not consenting adults (i.e., either not consenting, or not adults, or both) from harm. Lying to a child and teaching them nonsense and thus rendering them intellectually crippled and unprepared for entry into an adult life… it’s a legitimate function of government to prevent that, in my opinion.

    The problem, of course, is where to draw the line. Does teaching a child that dinosaurs were wandering the earth 6,000 years ago cross the line? Does instilling a child with a lifelong neurosis qualify as crossing that line? Does teaching a child that an invisible monster will torture them forever if they do or don’t follow this or that instruction cross the line? Does telling a child that they will not be harmed if they strap a vest on and trigger an explosive among “infidels” cross the line?

    Where to draw that line is a heavily fraught question. I support wholeheartedly the freedom to think what one wishes, regardless of how ridiculous it may be. I am less sanguine about the freedom to indoctrinate a child, who is by definition not equipped to cope with that brainwashing, with this demented nonsense… but I am not quite ready to say that violence should be initiated to prevent it.

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  5. Ahh, yes. I’ve just been fired up since reading about the Louisiana Science Education Act, which would allow these same concepts in Public School.

    As far as your post specifically, even private schools are subject to educational standards, and teaching fiction as science is certainly a violation of that. I imagine that is why in the more extremist circles, there is such a push for homeschooling.

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  6. They get away with it because the test scores in the other subjects are normally higher than public schools. My public middle school taught creationism as one of the three theories of evolution. Creationism was the same as Darwinism, except it just had your deity doing the big bang.

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