It’s nothing personal. It’s just that you’re doing a lousy job of teaching your children, and unfortunately for them, they aren’t getting the basic knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century. I know that some of your kids are smart enough to see beyond the drivel your teachers promote, and I really feel for them — they’re going to have to work twice as hard to get past Louisiana’s reputation.
Zack Kopplin has been doing a danged thorough job digging through records to find out what Louisiana kids are actually being taught. In way too many classrooms, the book of Genesis is being taught as a substitute for biology.
Through a public records request, I obtained dozens of emails from the Bossier Parish school district that specifically discuss teaching creationism. Shawna Creamer, a science teacher at Airline High School, sent an email to the principal, Jason Rowland, informing him of which class periods she would use to teach creationism. “We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the students will present,” Creamer wrote.
In another email exchange with Rowland, a parent had complained that a different teacher, Cindy Tolliver, actually taught that evolution was a “fact.” This parent complained that Tolliver was “pushing her twisted religious beliefs onto the class.” Principal Rowland responded, “I can assure you this will not happen again.”
Holy crap. I’m just imagining the shock those kids would feel if they ended up in our introductory biology class here — it’s intended to cover basics of evolution as if the students had never heard of it before, but I don’t know if we could pull them up out of the deep hole their teachers are digging.