Here’s a frightening statistic for you, especially if you have children in public schools in Lynchburg, Virginia: Liberty University supplies a full 30% of the new teachers hired in that school district. I can’t possibly see how this won’t undermine the ability to educate those students.
Nearly 30 percent of the certified teachers Lynchburg City Schools hired for the 2014-15 school year are Liberty University graduates, according to a report Marie Gee, director of personnel, presented to the school board recently.
There are more than twice as many Liberty graduates as any other single school — 29 percent to the 13 percent from Lynchburg College — and hires from Liberty also outnumber all out-of-state hires combined, at 28 percent.
University of Virginia and Longwood graduates are the two other single large sources of teachers for the city — making up 6 and 5 percent of new hires, respectively — while other Virginia school graduates make up 17 percent of new teachers.Along with its mission “to develop competent professionals with a Christian worldview,” according to its website, Liberty University’s School of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education as well as “approved” by the Virginia Department of Education and the Association of Christian Schools International.
Now bear in mind that the statement of faith that all teachers and students at Liberty are required to sign explicitly requires them to believe things that are contrary to the science curriculum taught in public schools by affirming that the earth and everything in it was created in “six historical days” a few thousand years ago. Creationists teaching science is a very, very bad idea. They frequently defy both the requirements of the curriculum and multiple Supreme Court precedents and teach creationism, or just badly teach evolution. If I were in Lynchburg, I’d keep a close eye on this.