The outlook for science education in Louisiana continues to decline. Two of our clandestine operatives told us about this article in The Advocate of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is the state’s capitol and its second-largest city. They have this headline: Teaching science policy approved.
Science teaching policy? What’s wrong with that? Ah, but this is coming from Louisiana. As you know, back in 2008 Louisiana became the first state in the US to pass an anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism “Academic Freedom” law modeled after the Academic Freedom Act promoted by the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute‘s creationist public relations and lobbying operation, the Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids, a/k/a the cdesign proponentsists).
That infamous piece of legislation is the Louisiana Science Education Act (the “LSEA”). The legislature passed it almost unanimously. The bill was promoted by the Louisiana Family Forum, run by Rev. Gene Mills, and it was signed by the state’s ambition-crazed governor, Bobby Jindal, the Exorcist.
The public schools in Baton Rouge are run by the East Baton Rouge Parish Public Schools. It has twelve districts, among them is the Central Community School District, which is the subject of today’s news. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The Central Community School Board approved a policy Monday that supports its science teachers if they decide to wade into scientific controversies, including teaching students about alternatives to the theory of evolution.
Isn’t that lovely? If teachers want to teach the kiddies about science using Genesis as a textbook, the Board will support them. The story continues:
“We believe this resolution will give teachers the academic freedom they deserve to teach the controversy where appropriate,” said Board member Jim Lloyd, who made the motion to approve the new policy.
Academic freedom! Teach the controversy! Jimbo has all the code-words memorized and can spew them out as required.
We’re not alone in noticing Jimbo’s mastery of creationist Newspeak. The newspaper interviewed Barbara Forrest, a philosophy professor at Southeastern Louisiana University, co-author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse, a founder of the Louisiana Coalition for Science, and a star witness for the winning side in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. They say:
Barbara Forrest … who has written about clashes between religion and science, said the new policy is unnecessary and includes telling phrases such as a call to teach the “strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories.”
“It’s absolutely creationist code language that we’ve some come up again and again in other states,” Forrest said.
Creationist code language in Louisiana? Shocking! Well, it’s not surprising when you look at Jimbo’s own website: MY DECISION TO HOME EDUCATE, which says:
We had a desire to accomplish several things through this commitment. First, we wanted the privilege of teaching our children. We wanted to be the largest influence in their lives. And we desired to teach them our biblical worldview.
Now all the kids in the district can have the same education that Jimbo gave his own kids. Let’s read on:
Lloyd and Board President Jim Gardner said they’ve been interested in having such a policy for a while. They noted Louisiana in 2008 approved the Science Education Act, which allows science teachers to address controversies such as alternatives to evolution.
Jim Lloyd and Jim Gardner. That’s two Jimbos — both of them rabid creationists. We continue:
The new policy received little discussion Monday and no one spoke against it. After the policy passed in a 6-0 vote, a handful of people in the audience indicated their approval with smiles and thumbs up gestures.
M’god — they’re all creationists! Here’s more:
Superintendent Michael Faulk said the policy has been on the school system’s website for the past two weeks and no one emailed in support or opposition of it. A copy of the policy can be found at this link: Teacher Academic Freedom in Science Education When Covering Controversial Scientific Subjects.
It’s only two paragraphs long, loaded with creationist code-words. The thing could have been drafted by the Discoveroids. Then the article returns to the interview with Barbara Forrest:
Forrest, who opposed the Science Education Act and has pushed for its repeal, said the language in Central’s policy and in the supporting documentation is commonly used by the Louisiana Family Forum, a social conservative advocacy group, and by the Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based think tank. … “The only reason to do this is to give the teachers in Central some cover for teaching creationism,” she said.
You know it, we know it, and all the Jimbos on the Board of the Central Community School District know it. The difference is that they’re happy about it. Good luck, kiddies! You’ll need it.
See also: Creationist Wisdom #269: Louisiana Physician.
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