Map: Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism.

Jan 26, 2016

Photo credit: Slate

By Chris Kirk

A large, publicly funded charter school system in Texas is teaching creationism to its students, Zack Kopplin recently reported in Slate. Creationist teachers don’t even need to be sneaky about it—the Texas state science education standards, as well as recent laws in Louisiana and Tennessee, permit public school teachers to teach “alternatives” to evolution. Meanwhile, in Florida, Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, taxpayer money is funding creationist private schools through state tuition voucher or scholarship programs. As the map below illustrates, creationism in schools isn’t restricted to schoolhouses in remote villages where the separation of church and state is considered less sacred. If you live in any of these states, there’s a good chance your tax money is helping to convince some hapless students that evolution (the basis of all modern biological science, supported by everything we know about geology, genetics, paleontology, and other fields) is some sort of highly contested scientific hypothesis as credible as “God did it.”

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9 comments on “Map: Publicly Funded Schools That Are Allowed to Teach Creationism.

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    Stardusty Psyche says:

    How do we change this?

    Pray for grace that His works will be given the same reverence as His Word in knowing the will of the Lord, as the beloved Bishop of Rome has blessed us by acknowledging the facts of science while maintaining the true divine origins of those facts.

    Or, maybe go with some ideas Geoff21 had, although, unfortunately, taxing the church is a non-starter in a nation wherein candidates are virtually required to make a public spectacle of their religiosity to have any hope of election.

    Creationism and ID (creationism in disguise) always lose in federal court, but solving this problem in court district by district is a very difficult job. If you have standing in such a district and you are prepared to be locally vilified in a protracted battle you could possibly contact major atheist and secular organizations for legal help.

    Vote. That usually mean voting Democratic, but local board members might be non-partisan. Don’t cast a protest vote for a fringe candidate so far from the middle he or she has no realistic chance.

    BTW, please don’t tell me what an idiot I am for the first paragraph, I already know that 🙂

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  • Might want to look into the PUBLIC schools in Holmes County, OH which is the Amish capital of the world. I used to live there for years. When I used to live there years ago they allowed the teaching of creationism as well as the study of the Holy Bible in the elementary schools. Back then I was a Christian. I’m an atheist now and my children are all grown. I was really so ignorant back then.

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  • It is very difficult if not impossible to change the mind of the religious because they have made a conscious choice to be simple minded. Unfortunately these people control much of politics in the south. I believe that religion borders on being a mental illness.

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