Do you remember that cartoon? We posted it four years ago in This Is Your Brain on Creationism. We found it in an article at Answers in Genesis (ol’ Hambo’s online ministry). As soon as we saw it, we knew it was a classic.
Well, guess what? It popped up again (very slightly modified) at the website of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, at the start of this article: Evolution vs. creationism: Does this cartoon belong in Grady High School biology class?
The article was written by Maureen Downey, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter. Beneath the cartoon the newspaper put this caption:
Students at Grady High School were shown this anti evolution cartoon in a biology class PowerPoint, leading to complaints to the principal. The school’s newspaper did a good story on the controversy.
We know we’ve got your attention, so let’s dig into the article. The bold font was added by us:
A reader sent me a note about this anti-evolution cartoon, which was shown to a freshman biology class at Atlanta’s Grady High School as part of a PowerPoint presentation.
The Grady High student newspaper, the Southerner, did an excellent job reporting on the cartoon and the fallout. Grady High student journalists Josh Weinstock and Archie Kinnane invested a lot of time into their careful reporting. I’m disappointed Atlanta Public Schools did not respond when approached by the Southerner reporters in May. Someone from the district should have explained to the Southerner and the greater Grady High community why this cartoon was in an APS [Atlanta Public Schools] file-sharing database for teachers.
M’god — that monstrosity was in the school system’s database? And it was the student newspaper that exposed the situation? Let’s read on:
I [Maureen Downey] reached out to APS Wednesday, recognizing, that while this occurred before the watch of brand new APS superintendent Meria Carstarphen, parents and students were still hoping for a response. And APS responded:
This should be good. From the school system’s response:
“It appears that this science lesson plan was not properly vetted prior to being uploaded to the district’s SharePoint website last summer. When the district learned of the PowerPoint presentation and worksheet that is in question, the lesson and supporting documents were reviewed, and they were immediately removed … [blah, blah, blah].
Then we’re given some excerpts from the student newspaper that courageously broke the story. That says:
A PowerPoint shown to a freshman biology class featured a cartoon depicting dueling castles, one labeled “Creation (Christ)” and the other labeled “Evolution (Satan).” Balloons attached to the evolution castle were labeled euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, divorce, racism and abortion.
The PowerPoint was assigned for the students to view on the website Blackboard as a part of Anquinette Jones’ freshman biology class. Jones declined comment, saying that the PowerPoint originated with APS.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Now the world knows the name of the genius who assigned that cartoon to her class. [*Curmudgeon looks up, gazes in the direction of Atlanta, and thinks*] “Hi, there Anquinette! You’re a real [edited out].”
Here’s another excerpt from the student newspaper:
Freshman Griffin Ricker, who is also in Jones’ class, said Jones got angry with the class when she found out students had notified the administration. “She yelled and said, ‘This is on the APS website, and it was certified.’”
Okay, that’s enough. But we can’t help wondering: Atlanta is very far from being a rural backwater, so if this insanity is going on there, how many other teachers in other schools are doing the same thing — and getting away with it?
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