A year ago we posted Who Sucked the Brains out of Louisiana? That described the situation then, and nothing has changed.
But we’ve discovered a mystery — some of the school children in that officially creationist state are disgracing not only themselves but also their political and spiritual leaders when compared to the national average in educational achievement tests. It’s well-known that the national average is nothing to make the country proud, but it’s a figure that most states aim to surpass.
In the case of Louisiana, however, their leadership actively seeks to stay below that mark — well below. They’re achieving that goal, but as we learn today, they still have a distance yet to slide.
We present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from La students score lower on science test which appears in the Advocate, the major newspaper in Louisiana’s capitol city of Baton Rouge. The bold font was added by us:
Louisiana public school students scored lower in science than students in most other states on the nation’s latest report card. The exam is called the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. The exam measured how students in grades 4, 8 and 12 fared in 2009.
That’s great news for the state’s ambitious governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist, and for their legislature, which almost unanimously enacted the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA), encouraging unspecified “supplemental materials” — wink, wink — to be used in science classes. It’s also great news for the Louisiana Family Forum run by Rev. Gene Mills. Those worthies have been tireless in suppressing science education in their state.
Let’s read on in the Advocate to see how Louisiana’s divinely-inspired creationist efforts have paid off:
The results show that:
* Fourth-graders scored lower than students in 38 states, higher than two and about the same in six others.
* Eighth-graders scored lower than students in 37 states, higher than one and about the same as eight others.
Somehow their fourth-graders are still ranking above two states and their eighth-graders are above one state. The trend is down as the kids “progress” through the system, but there’s still room to go lower. Louisiana’s leaders aren’t done with their work.
But let’s get specific here. What about science — the devil’s tool?
The science test covers physical, life, earth and space sciences. It includes questions on matter, energy, evolution, the history of the earth and climate.
* Nationally, 32 percent of fourth-graders scored at proficient or above. The rate in Louisiana was 25 percent.
* Nationally, 29 percent of eighth-graders scored at proficient or above compared to 20 percent in Louisiana.
American students in general are an embarrassment to Western Civilization, but in Louisiana they’re rapidly plunging to the bottom. Soon they’ll be entirely science-free. Here’s a final excerpt:
Ian Binns, an assistant professor of science education at LSU, said Thursday youngsters typically enter kindergarten with lots of curiosity about science.
“Somehow we lose that,” Binns said.
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