At least, that’s what at least one 7th grade social studies teacher at the Lakewood Middle School in North Little Rock, Arkansas, has spent three days teaching her class.
Want proof? Examine the Power Point that went along with her lecture.
It’s full of misrepresentations and bad science.
This same school last year was the unwitting host of a debate between an 8th grade evolutionist and the entire rest of his creationist class – including the teacher. The student’s father mentioned it in the Reason in the Rock promo video we shot last summer. (The story starts at 3:07.)
This is so often the problem with these science-denying creationists in the classroom. They spend three days on one of the most basic and universally-accepted scientific principles, and not only do they create a “controversy” where none exists among scientists, they give kids egregious misinformation about the subject.
Because it happens so quickly – it’s over and done with by the time parents realize what’s happened – it’s hard to stop it.
It may violate the curriculum standards, but if no one is paying attention to exactly what is being taught, then no one realizes there’s a problem.
This happened in a social studies class, not a science class. Does that make it any better? Not when the presentation is full of misinformation and propaganda. I can see talking about it briefly in a social studies class – to tell the students that there is a controversy among people who are fundamentalist believers in a certain branch of religion about their kids being taught science. They can examine why those people might be upset and why there has to be so much litigation over it. But this presentation goes way too far. It actually attacks scientific theory, and does so without correctly explaining the science behind it. It actually misrepresents the science.
This teacher is using a back door method to “teach the controversy,” in direct violation of Epperson v. Arkansas (U.S. Supreme Court case of 1968) and McLean v. Arkansas Department of Education (1981 federal court case in Arkansas) – and those are just the cases from Arkansas.
We’ve done this. We’ve litigated this. My head is exploding because, dear sweet baby Cthulhu, we’ve got to fight this stupid fight all over again.
Come on, Arkansas. Isn’t there a better to way to spend our education dollars?
Go ahead, not-so-gentle readers. Pick this Power Point apart for me. Make my day.
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