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Sep 26 2011

Creationism on Dallas School Website

The Dallas Observer reports on creationist material found on a teacher’s online bulletin board in the Dallas public schools:

Turns out, Rick Perry was right after all.

What you see at right is a slide I received last night from a fellow Dallas Independent School District parent. It was, until this morning, available on the district’s Curriculum Central website, accessible only to teachers and administration and a resource for instructors needing further materials to flesh out what’s being taught in class.


The slide says that the existence of cells is “one of the strongest cases for intelligent design by our Creator God!” The school took it down immediately:

The PowerPoint, created by one Jim Sullivan of Cells Alive! and initially posted to something called The World of Teaching, was sent home for further review by a teacher. So the parent and child reviewed it. At which point the parent saw “intelligent design” in a science presentation and flipped out. So too did a lot of other parents at this particular junior high. Which is why it landed in my lap — and why I asked district spokesman Jon Dahlander if he wouldn’t mind looking into it.

This morning, he called back and confirmed: The presentation was indeed on the Curriculum Central website, from which it was promptly deleted. Says Dahlander, 3700 Ross is trying to find out who made the docs available. And in the meantime, he says, a directive was sent out this afternoon in which “curriculum directors have been reminded to review their quality control system, as well as to review all links on the Curriculum Central. We were very disappointed to see it there, and it was removed immediately.”

Sounds like they’re taking it as seriously as they should.

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  1. 1
    Chiroptera

    The slide says that the existence of cells is “one of the strongest cases for intelligent design by our Creator God!”

    What? The existence of the cell is a strong case for intelligent design? The cell? The messy, messy, overly complicated, obviously kludged cell?

    Man! If that’s a strong case, no wonder real scientists don’t take intelligent design very seriously!

  2. 2
    chilidog99

    Finally, a school board that listens to their lawyer.

  3. 3
    The Lorax

    The cell.. something that was not only never once mentioned in the Bible, but also specifically denied and fought by the Church… is their support for their God.

    … wow.

  4. 4
    Randomfactor

    Oceania has always been allies with Sci-asia.

  5. 5
    Michael Heath

    The Lorax writes:

    The cell.. something that was not only never once mentioned in the Bible, but also specifically denied and fought by the Church . . .

    I never encountered that history. Got a handy cite?

  6. 6
    Trebuchet

    For those who didn’t click through to the story, note this update:

    [Update: Sullivan says he is not responsible for the materials. Via email he writes, "I had nothing to do with creating the PowerPoint and do not know who did, although I would certainly like to see the presentation. Often, people take materials from my website, CELLS alive!, for their own purposes but this use is a low blow."]

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