Ohio School Board That Tried to Push Revisionist Christian History Cancels Course

Well, that was quick.

The Springboro School District in Ohio had tried to institute a 12-week summer course on the Constitution that would feature video lessons from Christian pseudo-historian David Barton:

But after complaints from parents in the district, groups like FFRF, and everyone who knows something about history, the school board members have changed their minds:

“We felt that having the community participate with evaluating these courses would be an excellent opportunity for schools and community to work together. Instead, the courses have received some criticism from the community, which we take very seriously,” said Jim Rigano, Board of Education Vice President. “We wanted to allow time for additional review to fully investigate community concerns.”

There’s not much to investigate. The course pushed a version of history that only deluded people buy into and serious scholars reject.

Many school boards do things like this — push religion into the classroom by way of a stealth course. But once they’re found out and exposed, they have to play nice and pretend like they were really trying to do what was best for the students, instead of what was best for their pastors.

One down. Many more to go.

(Thanks to Richard for the link)

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  • http://bearlyatheist.wordpress.com/ Bear Millotts

    Good news.

    If it comes back, one could hope that a local free thought group would signed up en mass and come prepared to refute every point.

  • mikespeir

    But it was highly accalimed! ;-)

  • Sallie Des Biens

    I bet that would fly in Texass.

  • Rain

    “Instead, the courses have received some criticism from the community, which we take very seriously,” said Jim Rigano, Board of Education Vice President.

    He forgot to say the dog ate his homework. That’s pretty sad when the dog eats the Board of Education’s homework. Just kidding, they don’t have to be qualified at all. Just run a semblance of a campaign and you’re in there.

  • Beth

    they shut it down because of criticism, ugh! they still don’t understand they shouldn’t present this class because it is the wrong thing to do, not because people don’t like it! plenty of churches in the area can host this class, public schools should not.

  • jimmyt

    Nice story keep going

  • Matto the Hun

    Now the community just needs to throw these morons out on their asses (preferably in the middle of the street where they’ll be hit by a truck) and run people with some measure of brain matter between their ears.

  • http://nomadwarriormonk.blogspot.com/ Cyrus Palmer

    Da da da…
    Another one bites the dust!

  • jferris

    it does fly down here. We actually have some rule that lets you teach a course to expose you to “religions”. Of all the schools teaching it, a reviewed shows it was more than 90% christian-only, creationist view of the world. Until we unseat Gov. Goodhair, this will be the insanity de jour.