There are religious stories that make you mad, there are religious stories that make you facepalm and then there are religious stories, like this one, that make you bang your head on the wall until you pass out from blunt force trauma. Seriously, someone tell me these people can’t be this dumb!
A charter school in Houston, Texas, which unfortunately gets taxpayer money, has gone so far over the line into la-la land, I don’t think they could find their way back without GPS. Their textbooks really prove exactly why it’s such a good thing that the 14 national textbook manufacturers in the United States told Texas to shove their curriculum where the sun don’t shine, otherwise we could be looking at nonsense like this throughout the nation.
iSchool, and if that name doesn’t make you cry, just wait, says that it’s goal “to get kids college — and career-ready,” yet their textbooks use the claimed existence of the Loch Ness Monster as a “proof” that evolution is false. The passage in the textbook reads:
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.
Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all.
It also goes whole-Godwin and links evolution to the Nazis and the Holocaust. Seriously, I couldn’t make this up if I wanted to, it’s so absurdly sad that it will leave you smacking yourself in the face. Here it is:
[Hitler] has written that the Aryan (German) race would be the leader in all human progress. To accomplish that goal, all “lower races” should either be enslaved or eliminated. Apparently the theory of evolution and its “survival of the fittest” philosophy had taken root in Hitler’s warped mind.
The school, run by ResponsiveEd and founded by Donald R. Howard, former owner of Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), is bad enough, but you know what’s worse? Educators at the fundamentalist Bob Jones University don’t think it goes nearly far enough! According to BJU historian Adam Laats, “[a]ccording to BJU writers, the ACE and A Beka curricula failed to adequately educate their students academically or spiritually by neglecting … higher-order thinking skills.”
Well yes, they do neglect higher-order thinking skills, mostly because if they taught kids how to think, they might realize what a load of nonsense was being heaped on them in the form of religious bullshit. In fact, neither BJU or iSchool are providing an education, they are shoveling faith-based nonsense into the heads of kids who are going to leave without knowing how to think critically or evaluate arguments intellectually. They’re going to think that the Lock Ness Monster is real and that evolution came from Hitler.
And people wonder why the educational standards in this country such so bad?