Who Sucked the Brains out of Louisiana?

Remember the scene in Starship Troopers when the brain bug’s proboscis punctures the skull of Patrick Muldoon’s character and sucks out his brain? Well, that was nothing.

It appears that the same ghastly fate has befallen the entire state of Louisiana. From their governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist, to their entire legislature, which enacted the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), encouraging unspecified “supplemental materials” — wink, wink — to be used in science classes, Louisiana has become a creationist wasteland.

You already know that Louisiana’s “every child an idiot” law is one of those anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “Academic Freedom” bills modeled after the Academic Freedom Act promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).

Dr. Barbara Forrest, a star witness for the winning side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District, has been documenting the entire history of the Louisiana lunacy. See, for example, her excellent but unfortunately futile email campaign, urging Jindal to veto the creationism bill; and then see her post documenting the repercussions of the law’s passage, and then the drafting of the one-sided bureaucratic complaint procedure, designed to crush parents’ objections to creationism in the classroom.

Now she’s done it again. Here are some excerpts from Barbara’s latest post: BESE can’t say we didn’t tell ‘em. The bold font was added by us:

In January 2010, Louisiana begins the new year burdened with not only a creationist law implemented by a creationist policy, but now also a creationist complaint procedure that will turn every complaint about supplementary materials into a dog and pony show rather than a serious consideration of materials being used in a science class.

That’s the situation. But Barbara is still fighting. Let’s read on:

In response to [the creationist complaint procedure], letters were sent to BESE [the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education] by Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the National Center for Science Education, and Barbara Forrest. The letter from Dena Sher, AU State Legislative Counsel, is here [pdf]. The letter from NCSE Executive Director Eugenie Scott is here [pdf]. The letter from Barbara Forrest is here [pdf].

Your curmudgeon posted about the AU letter. See: A Warning to Louisiana Creationists.

Here’s one more excerpt from Barbara’s post:

Louisiana citizens should download copies of the above letters, distribute them to their parish school board members, and let the board members know that they do not want creationist supplemental materials adopted for use in their public schools.

That’s very good advice. Will anyone in Louisiana pay attention? We hope so — unless the creationist brain bug has already gotten to them.

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5 responses to “Who Sucked the Brains out of Louisiana?

  1. Unfortunately the brainbug has already sucked out our brains. Higher education in Louisiana is suffering an $80 million mid-year cut. That means that money already committed for various purposes has to be given back. Next year we will be cut even further. Educational funding in La La Land has sucked for many years, so this is not anything new. Our so called governor wants to send more students to junior college and save money over sending them to a 4-year school. In a state where college graduates are already a minority, this is ridiculous.

  2. All those brains, and yet the brain bug is malnourished .

  3. Don’t worry about the brain bug, Tomato Addict. Texas is on the Louisiana border.

  4. comradebillyboy

    I am so glad hat I will retire from teaching physics and math in May. I just don’t see any really positive trends in education. Still, for all of my pessimism about our education system, I have a surprising number of really superior and very fine students.

  5. Tomato Addict

    @comradebillyboy: Thank you for all the efforts you have made on behalf of your student, and I hope you enjoy your retirement.