May 25, 2012
It sounds like a hoax, but it’s apparently true: The Loch Ness Monster is on the science class syllabus for kids at Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisiana.
As reported by the Herald Scotland (which must track all Loch Ness-related news), a school that will receive tax-payer dollars, will teach kids that the mythological sea creature is real in order to debunk the theory of evolution. So pay attention: That will be on the test.
According to the Herald, one textbook, Biology 1099, reads, “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence. Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
Starting in the fall, thousands of school children will receive publicly funded vouchers to attend private schools, some of which are religious. Religious schools in Louisiana will receive public funding as part of a push from Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, to move millions of tax dollars to cover tuition for private schools, including small bible-based church schools. Money will fund schools that have “bible-based math books” and biology texts that refute evolution.
At Eternity Christian Academy, pastor-turned-principal Marie Carrier says that the her first through eighth-grade students learn at their own pace from Christian workbooks. The beginning science text explains “what God made” on each of the six days of creation. Evolution is not taught.
Carrier said, “We try to stay away from all those things that might confuse our children.”
She hopes to secure enrollment of 135 voucher students for the 2012-2013 school year. According to the website Salon, the school currently has just 38 students.
Whether this gambit will help move Louisiana from the bottom of math and science rankings in the country is unclear. A 2011 study of how well primary education prepares students for engineering careers had Louisiana third from the bottom, with only West Virginia and Mississippi performing worse.
The MISSION STATEMENT from the Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisiana:
WE STRIVE TO PROVIDE A QUALITY EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS OF ALL AGES AND VARYING ABILITIES . WE WORK TO EMPOWER THEM BY OFFERING A QUALITY FAITH BASED CURRICULUM THAT IS SOLELY BASED ON PRINCIPLES FROM THE BIBLE, AT A LOW TO MODERATE COST
Consider the original mission statement had two spelling errors. I have corrected them for this blog. I wonder if this would suffice in illustrating how dysfunctional religious secular education institutions have become in the USA. What is even more disturbing is the ignorance of the parents who enroll their children at such centers of indoctrination. The damage done at such an early age will be overwhelming as these children grow to be voting Americans. Talk about a culture of stupidity and dumbed down idiocy being perpetuated by dogmatic religion, as a primary controlling mechanism to ensure a future generation of mindless, non-thinking automaton slaves.
Once again, it did not take long for someone to bring up Florida. Considering the topic, I am not the least bit surprised. If you are familiar with this blog and some of the other articles and rants I have entertained, then this subject should be familiar. Nice to see it still gets reinforced by the masses.
After all the one true religion, Pastafarianism provides the only credible argument for evolution.
Loch Ness Monster used to debunk evolution in state-funded school.