14 Wacky "Facts" Kids Will Learn in Louisiana's Voucher Schools

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    Under Gov. Bobby Jindal's voucher program, considered the most sweeping in the country, Louisiana is poised to spend tens of millions of dollars to help poor and middle-class students from the state's notoriously terrible public schools receive a private education. While the governor's plan sounds great in the glittery parlance of the state's PR machine, the program is rife with accountability problems that actually haven't been solved by the new standards the Louisiana Department of Education adopted two weeks ago. ...

    ... Many of these schools, Kopplin notes, rely on Pensacola-based A Beka Book curriculum or Bob Jones University Press textbooks to teach their pupils Bible-based "facts," such as the existence of Nessie the Loch Ness Monster and all sorts of pseudoscience that researcher Rachel Tabachnick and writer Thomas Vinciguerra have thankfully pored over so the rest of world doesn't have to. ...

    ... Dinosaurs and humans were definitely on the earth at the same time ...

    ... "God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ."ó ...

    ... The majority of slave holders treated their slaves well ...

    ... It is no wonder that Satan hates the family and has hurled his venom against it in the form of Communism ...

    ... [The Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians ...

    ... Gay people "have no more claims to special rights than child molesters or rapists." ...

    ... Perhaps the best known work of propaganda to come from the Depression was John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath...
    Other forms of propaganda included rumors of mortgage foreclosures, mass evictions, and hunger riots and exaggerated statistics representing the number of unemployed and homeless people in America." ...

    http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marb...na-tax-dollars
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    This is too strange for the Onion.

    How people can logically read this and not think it is a joke is beyond me.

    The things that Bulies are teethed on before they go for ropes and chains for people of color, LGBT, and everyone who does not think the way they do.
    StNeotser, BCgradnurse, leslie :-D, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    How people can logically read this and not think it is a joke is beyond me.

    The things that Bulies are teethed on before they go for ropes and chains for people of color, LGBT, and everyone who does not think the way they do.
    Is your response a joke as well? What is a "Bulie?" I googled the term and got nothing. I wonder who could possibly be worthy of the description you gave, so I'll have to ask you to explain it.
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    Voucher school history book: Hippies didnít bathe, worshipped Satan

    http://americablog.com/2013/03/vouch...ped-satan.html

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    Quote from Jolie
    Is your response a joke as well? What is a "Bulie?" I googled the term and got nothing. I wonder who could possibly be worthy of the description you gave, so I'll have to ask you to explain it.
    I think she meant bullies...it's a typo.....
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    The things that Bulies are teethed on before they go for ropes and chains for people of color, LGBT, and everyone who does not think the way they do.
    You suggest that students at this school will be trained for lynching minorities, gays and "everyone who does not think the way they do."
    Take a look in the mirror. You are stereotyping and espousing hatred. Their curriculum may need revision, no argument there. So does your writing.

    I get differences in political ideology. I get passion about publicly funded education. But this accusation is beneath contempt and unworthy of publication on a site representing an honorable profession..Please retract this immediately so as not to damage the reputation of the good people represented on this site, as well as good people seeking to improve their children's education


    You would have us believe that students, parents and school planners seeking an alternative to abysmal public schools are the intolerant ones? Ironic.
    Last edit by Esme12 on Mar 8, '13
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    Quote from Jolie
    You suggest that students at this school will be trained for lynching minorities, gays and "everyone who does not think the way they do."

    Take a look in the mirror. You are stereotyping and espousing hatred. Their curriculum may need revision, no argument there. So does your writing.

    I get differences in political ideology. I get passion about publicly funded education. But this accusation is beneath contempt and unworthy of publication on a site representing an honorable profession. Please retract this immediately so as not to damage the reputation of the good people represented on this site, as well as good people seeking to improve their children's education.

    You would have us believe that students, parents and school planners seeking an alternative to abysmal public schools are the intolerant ones? Ironic.
    gosh, i feel sooo darned slow.
    jolie, would you kindly point out to me where aky suggests "that students at this school will be trained lynching minorities, gays and 'everyone who does not think they way they do."
    where did she say this?

    you know the drill.
    if you take offense at a post, report it.

    leslie
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    let them teach what they want...
    but NOT on the taxpayer's dime.
    how incredibly arrogant...
    and i feel badly for the forthcoming students who will be subjected to a lot of utter nonsense.

    leslie
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    I have no problem with alternative education that is fact and science based. When it is based on ignorance that can and has been used to bully (sorry I had a typo and it confused anyone). Education is to teach children how to explore learning not just to teach what is to be learned. When absolutely incorrect "facts" are presented as truth the children who get this education will never be ready to be part of the 21st century and will more likely revert to 19th and 20th century xenophobic behaviors.

    To try to exonerate a hate group like the KKK, and call the trappings of the Depression propaganda is beyond the pale.

    To call this education is to ignore all that education encompasses.

    Again, alternative education does not have to include lies, and hate talk. If one wishes to go to a religion sponsored education I have no problem. My SO and all his children are products of a great educational system. Near us is an alternative education program only for children of broken families. These are private schools, one religious, the other not. Our state has the greatest percentage of students in private schools. These alternative programs prepare students for the future, not the past. Alternative does not mean it has to be inferior. Use of books with examples such as shared will create education that is inferior because it does not encourage children to think for themselves, and focuses on poor review of history.
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    Quote from aknottedyarn
    This is too strange for the Onion.

    How people can logically read this and not think it is a joke is beyond me.

    The things that Bulies are teethed on before they go for ropes and chains for people of color, LGBT, and everyone who does not think the way they do.
    My response was about the same as Jolie when I read this especially because I used some A Beka curriculum when I homeschooled my kids.

    I don't think it is fair to connect bullying, "ropes and chains for people of color, LGBT, and everyone who does not think the way they do" automatically with people who chose to use Christian curriculum for their kids.

    We simply all have to stop stereotyping and lumping most good people in with a few bad apples. That's Jolie's point I believe.

    Using A Beka does not = ugly, intolerant behavior.

    Simple as that.

    A Beka Book :: Excellence in Education from a Christian Perspective
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