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    Politico: Taxpayers fund creationism in the classroom

    Taxpayers in 14 states will bankroll nearly $1 billion this year in tuition for private schools, including hundreds of religious schools that teach Earth is less than 10,000 years old, Adam and Eve strolled the garden with dinosaurs, and much of modern biology, geology and cosmology is a web of lies.

    Now a major push to expand these voucher programs is under way from Alaska to New York, a development that seems certain to sharply increase the investment.

    Decades of litigation have established that public schools cannot teach creationism or intelligent design. But private schools receiving public subsidies can — and do. A POLITICO review of hundreds of pages of course outlines, textbooks and school websites found that many of these faith-based schools go beyond teaching the biblical story of the six days of creation as literal fact. Their course materials nurture disdain of the secular world, distrust of momentous discoveries and hostility toward mainstream scientists. They often distort basic facts about the scientific method — teaching, for instance, that theories such as evolution are by definition highly speculative because they haven’t been elevated to the status of “scientific law.”
    And this approach isn’t confined to high school biology class; it is typically threaded through all grades and all subjects.


    Voucher proponents often describe the programs as a chance for students to escape failing public schools and obtain a better education. Yet the review of school websites and curricula found that some voucher schools openly declare that academics come second to their chief mission: training students to obey and glorify the Lord.

    Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/0...#ixzz2wvdeuyNB
    Article goes on to show how big business and religion have teamed up to try and make this movement expand, though their end-games are vastly different. Religion ought to be careful, because once these vouchers are declared unconstitutional, big business will happily toss the religious crew aside, and gobble up that voucher money for their own schools.
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    lol @ distorting basic "facts about the scientific method."

    How dare they hold the theory of evolution to the scientific method's standards....
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