The Atlanta Journal Constitution has a disturbing article about a science teacher at Grady High School in Atlanta using that infamous “creationism vs evolution” cartoon from the Institute for Creation Research museum, the one that ascribes evolution to Satan, during a classroom lecture. This one:
But here’s the problem: That cartoon was on a slide in the Atlanta Public Schools’ central file. The teacher didn’t grab it out of thin air, it was there for teachers to use.
The PowerPoint was assigned for the students to view on the website Blackboard as a part of Anquinette Jones’ freshman biology class. Jones declined comment, saying that the PowerPoint originated with APS.
The PowerPoint, which has more than 50 slides largely consisting of material about evolution, was downloaded from SharePoint, an APS file-sharing database for teachers. It was uploaded by Mary E. King, a project manager at APS who has also uploaded more than 2,000 other documents. Phone calls and emails to King have not been returned. Tommy Molden, science coordinator for APS, also did not respond to requests for comment.
“Evolution is part of high school biology curriculum,” the PowerPoint reads. “You are entitled to challenge everything and encouraged to believe whatever you would like.”
Several students and parents were offended by the implications of the cartoon, including freshman Seraphina Cooley, who is in Jones’ class.
“[I] have gay parents, and [the cartoon] said that evolution caused homosexuality and it implied that to be negative, so I was pretty offended by it,” Cooley said.
Freshman Griffin Ricker, who is also in Jones’ class, said Jones got angry with the class when she found out students had notified the administration. “She yelled and said, ‘This is on the APS website, and it was certified.’”
Still, the teacher certainly should have known that it was completely inappropriate to use that slide. One look at it and it should be absolutely obvious that teaching evolution by showing students a cartoon that says it comes from Satan and causes homosexuality is blatantly wrong.