IN Biology Teacher Using Hovind Videos in Class


A high school biology teacher in Goshen, Indiana (just across the Michigan border) has apparently been showing videos from Kent Hovind to his classes. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written a letter to the school demanding that it be stopped.

On Tuesday, Feb. 18, attorney Patrick C. Elliott of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) sent Concord Community Schools Superintendent Wayne Stubbs a four-page letter addressing claims made to them by “a concerned parent.”

According to the letter, the parent said that Ryan Culp, a Concord High School biology teacher, showed his class parts of a video series by Kent Hovind called “Lies in the Textbooks” over a series of several classes…

In the letter to Stubbs, the attorney writes that when the parent spoke with Culp about the videos, Culp said he is legally allowed to bring creationism into the classroom as long as it isn’t more than “like, half of what the information is,” and that he is not permitted to teach either creationism or evolution as truth.

Ryan Culp is as ignorant of the law as he obviously is about evolution. The school’s response is meaningless:

On Friday afternoon, Feb. 21, Stubbs wrote in an email that the district is constantly reviewing curriculum directions.

“We will continue to do this as we do in all content areas in all grade levels throughout our district,” Stubbs wrote.

I would suggest you do a hell of a lot more than that. Not only should this teacher be prevented from bringing the Hovind videos into the classroom, he should not be allowed to teach the subject at all. He’s teaching his students that the textbook the school assigns them is full of lies, for crying out loud. He is violating both the constitution and his contract as a teacher.

Comments

  1. matty1 says

    he should not be allowed to teach the subject at all.

    “like, half of what the information is”

    Please don’t switch him to teaching English, that would be, like, y’know…

  2. raven says

    A teacher in Sisters, Oregon did a similar thing years ago, 2007.

    He lasted 8 days and was fired. AFAIK, he is no longer a teacher.

    Oregon Teacher Fired After Remarks Linking Evolution To Nazism …
    https://www. au. org/…/oregon-teacher-fired-after-remarks-linking‎

    Officials at an Oregon high school have fired a biology teacher who … Kris Helphinstine was hired by the Sisters School District in central Oregon to teach … Young-Earth creationists insist that the planet is only 6,000 years old, believe …

  3. raven says

    Kris Helphinstine – Columbia River Community Health Services
    www. crchs. net/kris-helphinstine.html‎

    Kris W. Helphinstine, Physician Assistant, joined the medical team at Columbia … Heppner, Oregon, is where he spent the first four years of his life, followed by …

    Oh my great Cthulhu. Just what the world needs, a creationist PA.

  4. zippythepinhead says

    matty1 @ 1: “like, half of what the information is” — Please don’t switch him to teaching English …

    … Or, like, math.

  5. Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden says

    No, they’re putting him in charge of a new course on critical thinking.

  6. Anthony K says

    Please don’t switch him to teaching English

    “Today, we’re going to learn the grammatical rules for writing proper names. First, always write the letters ‘Dr’ in front of your name; it impresses the rubes.”

    … Or, like, math.

    “If the rubes have donated $500,000 to you, and you want to withdraw that money to give to your friends and family, what is the maximum amount of cash you can withdraw at one time so the bank doesn’t report it to the government?”

  7. escuerd says

    Not only should this teacher be prevented from bringing the Hovind videos into the classroom, he should not be allowed to teach the subject at all. He’s teaching his students that the textbook the school assigns them is full of lies, for crying out loud.

    The first sentence was my first thought on this exactly. Anyone ignorant enough to take Hovind’s campy, cartoonish notions about biology seriously is not qualified to teach the subject at any level. But I can’t help but take some issue with the latter part. Textbooks often contain at least some falsehoods, and when they are known to the teacher, I think that it would be the teacher’s duty to point it out. Of course, the teacher should also be prepared to defend such statements with something a little stronger than pseudoscientific propaganda.

  8. jnorris says

    In 2013, 9th grade Concord High School students had a 36.7% passing the minimum standards, in the 10th grade, only 26.3 passed.

    Goshen IN, is where a lot of Mennonites live.

    I suggest the school explain to the students and parents that a student does not have to ‘believe’ in or even like evolution to pass biology. One need only understand it correctly so one can pass the end-of-grade test and the county does not look like the capital of Idiotstan. It that really so hard?

  9. John Pieret says

    Culp said he is legally allowed to bring creationism into the classroom as long as it isn’t more than “like, half of what the information is,” and that he is not permitted to teach either creationism or evolution as truth.

    Ignorance for sure but I wonder where he got it from. I doubt this guy has the imagination to make it up out of whole cloth. Is there some creationist out there peddling this nonsense?

  10. dhall says

    It reminds me of my 8th grade biology class, way back during Pleistocene. The teacher told us to skip the chapter on evolution as it was nothing but rubbish, and he proceeded to spend the next couple of weeks telling us how it all really happened, dammit. The girl sitting next to me had Jesus Loves You and God is the Answer buttons all over her backpack and often on her clothes too, so he liked her. This was a public school, back in the early 70s. It’s very depressing to realize that the problem is showing no signs of weakening, much less going away.

  11. Ichthyic says

    Textbooks often contain at least some falsehoods,

    no. you are conflating correction of errors with telling students their textbook is actually lying to them in whole parts.

    I take issue with your take on this issue.

  12. Michael Heath says

    Denialists by definition can’t think critically, they’re demonstrably incapable of it. For that reason alone this yahoo should be fired. We require teachers who can think critically, and well enough to teach students to do the same.

  13. wpjoe says

    @13 dhall “It’s very depressing to realize that the problem is showing no signs of weakening, much less going away.”
    Some of it is getting better. When I was in public school in the 70’s there was a prayer before we went to lunch every day, my 5th grade science teacher testified to the class about her relationship with JC and told us about the divine creation of the moon as we were studying the moon in class. I think there is much less tolerance for such illegal acts and quick spread of information about them.

  14. had3 says

    @7: $9,999.99 in theory, but $10k is the required reporting amount, below that allows for voluntary reporting. Go with cash donations, harder to track.

  15. escuerd says

    Ichthyic @14:

    Yeah, fair point. Accusing the textbook’s authors of lying is a slanderous accusation when, as in this case, it’s false. It is probably imprudent to go that far even when it’s true, though I don’t think it would be ethically wrong to do so if there were a good case for it (as there might be if the Texas BoE had managed to adopt some of the textbooks pushed by cdesign proponentsists over the years).

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