“GET OUT OF LOUISIANA WHILE YOU STILL CAN!” (Pharyngula – Freethought Blogs)

Hey, the idiocy in Gov. Jindal’s so-called “education reforms” has caught the attention of scientist/atheist activist blogger PZ Myers on his Pharyngula blog:

You’re doomed, all doomed. The state is about to privatize their “public” education system, turning it all into voucher-based chaos … and the Christians are looking forward to feasting on the shambles.

Here’s a segment from the news story that mentions the problems with the voucher system quoted by Myers’ blog (from Reuters via Balloon Juice):

At Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, pastor-turned-principal Marie Carrier hopes to secure extra space to enroll 135 voucher students, though she now has room for just a few dozen. Her first- through eighth-grade students sit in cubicles for much of the day and move at their own pace through Christian workbooks, such as a beginning science text that explains “what God made” on each of the six days of creation. They are not exposed to the theory of evolution.

“We try to stay away from all those things that might confuse our children,” Carrier said.

Other schools approved for state-funded vouchers use social studies texts warning that liberals threaten global prosperity; Bible-based math books that don’t cover modern concepts such as set theory; and biology texts built around refuting evolution.

I’m familiar with religious objections to evolutionary biology.

But what’s the problem with set theory in mathematics?  Are the sexuality-negative religious conservative who publish Bible-based math textbooks concerned that Venn Diagrams will look like female breasts?

I’m sure Jindal’s so-called “reforms” will ensure that businesses who need educated employees will avoid our state.

Maybe we should look at the educational successes in other nations who report higher achievement in science and mathematics instead of throwing taxpayer dollars are unqualified Louisiana private schools?


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