Halt the implementation of Louisiana's creationist voucher program

Halt the implementation of Louisiana's creationist voucher program

    1. Zack Kopplin
    2. Petition by

      Zack Kopplin

      Baton Rouge, LA

My Governor, Bobby Jindal, is Governor Romney’s point man on education. One of Governor Jindal’s top education priorities is teaching creationism.  He's funding schools that teach the Loch Ness Monster disproves evolution and even teach that the KKK was moral with public money.  Others use textbooks and curriculums which colleges have gone to court to refuse to recognize.  This backwards policy could land him a job as Secretary of Education or maybe even on the ticket as Vice President.

I've compiled a list of 20 schools, funded by Jindal, that blatantly promote teaching creationism or creationist curriculums on their websites.

Schools like the Claiborne Christian School, which in their handbook says that students are taught to “discern and refute lies commonly found in [secular] textbooks, college classrooms, and in the media.” In the January 2010 school newsletter, the principal promotes young-earth creationist talking points from the creationist book “Answers in Genesis,” saying, “Our position at CCS on the age of the Earth and other issues is that any theory that goes against God’s Word is in error.” She also claims that scientists are “sinful men” trying to explain the world “without God” so they don’t have to be “morally accountable to Him.”

Northeast Baptist School uses ABeka and Bob Jones University science textbooks. Researcher and writer Rachel Tabachnick, who examined these textbooks, reports that it is “clear that no instruction is included in the text that would conflict with young earth creationism.” Using such books endangers the educational prospects of students in Christian schools. In 2010, the University of California won a federal lawsuit, ASCI [Association of Christian Schools International] v. Stearns, in which the judge ruled in favor of UC’s right to refuse to recognize high school credits for science classes taken in Christian schools that used such books. UC contended that such instruction is “inconsistent with the viewpoints and knowledge generally accepted in the scientific community."

Faith Academy's student handbook says that as a Household of Faith school, students must “defend creationism through evidence presented by the Bible verses [sic] traditional scientific theory.”

These schools may only be the tip of the iceberg as many other schools approved for vouchers in Louisiana don’t identify the curriculum they proposed to use on their websites.

Governor Jindal claims that he created the voucher program because private schools would offer a better education for Louisiana students. The truth is that schools that teach creationism will give our students a worse education. Schools that teach creationism and do not meet Louisiana’s state science standards will not give our students a better education and have no business receiving public funds.

Governor Jindal must do the right thing for Louisiana students and halt his voucher program’s implementation before any funds are used to miseducate our students.

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    • Victoria Allain PORT ALLEN, LA
      • 6 months ago

      ALL WE ASK FOR IS SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE! IT IS YOUR PERSONAL PREROGATIVE TO TEACH YOUR CHILD IN THE WAYS OF YOUR GOD, BUT DON'T FORCE YOUR BELIEFS ON OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN THROUGH TAXPAYER FUNDS. THIS IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF THE LACK OF MORAL ACCOUNTABILITY THESE KINDS OF PROGRAMS PUSH ON OUR CHILDREN BECAUSE OF A RELIGIOUS PERSONAL AGENDA!!

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    • Amelia Lawrence NEW CASTLE, DE
      • 7 months ago

      Tax doolars should NEVER be used to promote the tenets of a religion. That is frankly unconstitutional.

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    • David Leake NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 9 months ago

      Creationism is faith-based, not science based. it is a perversion of scientific principles in the cynical pursuit of votes.

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    • Geoffrey Stewart NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 9 months ago

      Science is science, where ever it leads. Religion and faith are a separate sphere of human life. Science and religion should not be intermingled. Leaving each in its proper place does not diminish or invalidate either.

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    • cynthia scott NEW ORLEANS, LA
      • 9 months ago

      I am a citizen of Louisiana and I believe in the separation of church and state. Feel free to teach creationism in church, it has no place in schools.

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