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New Orleans schools reject creationism:No teacher shall teach any aspect of religious faith as science

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 1:03 AM
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New Orleans Schools Reject Creationism: No Teacher ‘Shall Teach Any Aspect Of Religious Faith As Science’

A Louisiana school district voted on Wednesday to ban from its schools any textbooks and school curricula that follows the guidelines of Texas’ extreme, ideological standards.

Texas approved a hard-right curriculum in 2010 that taught utterly misleading assertions as fact — suggesting, for example, that Senator Joseph McCarthy’s anti-Communist witch hunt had been vindicated and that the Crusades didn’t happen. But Orleans Parish (which covers New Orleans) schools were so worried about the spread of misinformation that it approved explicit rules in protest of Texas’s guidelines, requiring teachers to teach accurate historical and scientific information which wouldn’t necessarily be conveyed under Texas rules:

No history textbook shall be approved which has been adjusted in accordance with the State of Texas revisionist guidelines nor shall any science textbook be approved which presents creationism or intelligent design as science or scientific theories…No teacher of any discipline of science shall teach any aspect of religious faith as science or in a science class,” it reads. “No teacher of any discipline of science shall teach creationism or intelligent design in classes designated as science classes.”

Though Texas cannot legally require the teaching of creationism, Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) has said “we teach both creation and evolution our public schools” as a consequence of his policy choices.

Two years ago, proposed Texas textbook changes sparked outrage by rewriting history along right-wing lines and minimizing slavery. While not fully successful, the watered-down version still conveyed an entirely skewed vision of history. A recent review of the books, for example, found a consistent pattern of viciously negative portrayals of Muslims and Islam.

UPDATE

A state law, the Louisiana Science Education Actopens the door to teaching creationism in schools. The Orleans County vote was aimed to be a protest against this state law.

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wickedfiress
by Kellie on Dec. 20, 2012 at 2:41 AM
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Glad to see there are people not willing to teach our children blatant lies, as facts.
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Piskie
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 2:50 AM
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It's so sad they actually have to pass a law like this.
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Piskie
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 2:50 AM
It's so sad they actually have to pass a law like this.
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romalove
by Roma on Dec. 20, 2012 at 6:04 AM

Good for them!

Where are the sane people in Texas?

jillianmayasmom
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 7:52 AM
Good for them! It is wonderful to see responsible educators although I agree with the previous poster that it is sad that this even needs to be voted on.
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momtoscott
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 7:56 AM

 I am glad to read this.  Hope more places follow suit and Texas's dominance of textbooks is destroyed. 

rfurlongg
by on Dec. 20, 2012 at 8:02 AM
Good. I hope this spreads.
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Aslen
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 8:03 AM
Wow.... Im impressed. Go New Orleans!
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Chris030406
by Bronze Member on Dec. 20, 2012 at 8:06 AM
Woohoo! Go New Orleans! Keep up the good work for when we return! :)
Sekirei
by Sevrsaxhtharxxa on Dec. 20, 2012 at 8:47 AM
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Quoting romalove:

Good for them!

Where are the sane people in Texas?

here I am !!!!  lol

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