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And The Taxpayer Pays: Adam and Eve, Dinosaurs, Benevolent Simon Legrees and Nessie Peacefully Coexist In Jindal's Schoo

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Pam's House Blend:

"You can thank Republican Veep prospect, Governor Bobby "the exorcist" Jindal for this development. Millions of tax dollars under his voucher program will go to "save" the low-wealth and middle class kids from Louisiana's horrible public schools to private schools run by fundies teaching from textbooks rife with bible-based bullsh*ttery." (Mother Jones)

The things Louisiana's children will be learning in these Bible-based schools are enough to make serious educators apoplectic: from the "evil" concept of advanced algebra to the ridiculous portrayal of the KKK as a champion of respectability, no subject is untouched by the imprimatur of the Christian Right and its worldview.

The most glaring problem with Jindal's voucher system is that it helps fortify at least 19 schools with Creationism promoted as "science". One enterprising college student, Zach Kopplin, has started several petitions to stop the vouchers and has named 20 schools that have 1365 voucher slots worth as much as $12 million (in taxpayer $). Kopplin's petition also states how Jindal has resisted every effort to overturn the Louisiana Science Education Act which allows Creationism to be taught as "science" despite the   objections of 78 Nobel Laureate scientists

The textbooks used in these schools are also suspect: A Beka Book Publications and Bob Jones University Press are notorious for historical revisionism and abject hatred of science. 

Here are just a few of the things the kids in Bobby Jondal's favored schools will be learning:

1.  Adam and Eve definitely romped with Pebbles and Bam Bam.   

"Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time and may have even lived side by side within the past few thousand years."--Life Science, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2007

"...within the past few thousand years", so the Pharoahs and ancient Greeks probably rode them.

2. Just another version of God's tough love.

"God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ." -   America: Land That I Love, Teacher ed., A Beka Book, 1994.

3. Simon Legree was a horrible slander

"The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well." - United States History for Christian Schools, 2nd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 1991 

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