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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Plant a Creationist in Every Classroom

posted by on December 26 at 14:08 PM

This is scary: An online university that requires Master’s in Science Education candidates who wish to minor in biology to take courses like BI 504 Advanced Comparative Anatomy/Lab (“There is a limited discussion of embryology and accompanying histology, specifically in regards to evolutionary theory and its alternative—the creation of fully functional major groups of animals”) and BI 505 Biological Concepts (“A survey focusing on the various theories of biological origin and diversification, their historical development, current versions and their impact on biological thought. The evolutionist and creationist models of nature are reviewed in light of contemporary biological knowledge. Emphasis is placed on distinguishing between observation, hypothesis, evidence, and confirmation as applied to evaluating evolutionists and creationist paradigms and their implications”) is asking the state of Texas for approval to dispense degrees. The Dallas Morning News has the story. (Via The Volokh Conspiracy.)

The nonprofit Institute for Creation Research in Dallas wants to train future science teachers in Texas and elsewhere using an online curriculum. A state advisory group gave its approval Friday; now the final say rests with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which will consider the request next month.

Seems these jokesters have been popping out science teachers in anything-goes California for years.

In 1988, California education officials tried to remove the institute’s authority to grant master’s of science degrees, arguing that the program didn’t pass academic muster. The institute sued the state, arguing that the decision violated its constitutional rights. The school received $225,000 in a 1992 settlement. By then, a new state panel was in charge of evaluating such private schools.

But wait—how did I miss this?

The institute’s search for approval in Texas comes just weeks after the science director of the Texas Education Agency resigned under pressure over allegations that she had inappropriately endorsed evolution. She had forwarded an e-mail about a talk in Austin by a professor and author who opposes teaching creationism in public schools.

The New York Times had that story on December 3.

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Lots of times I want to comment and say something smartass but sometimes some concepts are so dumb and come from the minds of such simpletons I am just speechless to comment.
Damn I hate religions.

Ooo! I am afraid I do not understand what is going on so I will just create some fantasy to explain it all away.

Jesus walks on water VS Frodo with a magic ring. Same fucking thing.

The world was created in 7 days. Give me a fucking break.

We all know the world came into existence because Horton heard a who!

Posted by -B- | December 26, 2007 2:27 PM

An online university is not scary. There are load of religious universities that teach all kinds of bogus crap. It's up to the school districts to ensure that people get hired with the proper credentials.

ME: I have a Master's Degree.

CHORUS: In Science!

Posted by Chip | December 26, 2007 2:33 PM


What kind of voodoo do you subscribe to? Everyone knows it was a plate of spaghetti.

Posted by heywhatsit | December 26, 2007 2:39 PM

I think I will just "CREATE" my own masters degree.
You know, since it is so convenient to do.
Umm let's see,..... I have a masters degree in Levitation. Ya I can fly you know and you can't prove I can't and since I have a masters degree in Levitation it must be true.
I am working on my degree in telepathy next. Ok now I know what you are all thinking. That's sooo stupid!
Well, fine I will keep my thoughts to myself from now on or "create my own school of thought.
Maybe I should just work on my beer drinking degree.
Creating degrees is soo much fun!

Posted by -B- | December 26, 2007 2:55 PM

@1, you HERETIC!!!! BURN HERETIC!! BURN!!!!!!! I damn you to hell for your heretical beliefs!!! BURN AT THE STAKE YOU DEMON1

Oh, and Jesus is all about love.

*Religion is for the mentally challenged or the emotionally immature. Oh, and for the record religon and god was created by the cousins of apesso what did you expect? Infallability?

Posted by Just Me | December 26, 2007 3:01 PM

Chip @2, good thing that properly credentialed are crawling out of the woodwork to compete for teaching jobs.

Posted by lostboy | December 26, 2007 3:02 PM

It should be legal to smack people on the back of the head when they start with this nonsense.

Posted by giffy | December 26, 2007 3:54 PM

Honestly, I'm delighted. I am ALL FOR having a class that examines (creationism) 'intelligent design' in a skeptical, scientific approach that compares it with evolutionary theories. Bitch deserves that kind of smackdown, and make no mistake, there will be one.

Posted by Greg | December 27, 2007 7:51 AM

California isn't entirely 'anything goes' in this department. It recently defended the UC system's new(ish) college prerequisite list that had a major impact on how much religion private schools could teach. A rare victory it seems these days.

Posted by Dougsf | December 27, 2007 1:09 PM

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