Just when I thought the creationists couldn’t get any more crazy, I read this story from a Scottish news site, ‘the Scotsman.com‘. Why are these publishers teaching students blatantly false information ? It’s a rather poor attempt to poke a hole in evolutionary theory, because if they can show that dinosaurs lived at the same time as humans, something which scientists say is did not happen, then they feel as if they have disproved all evolution. (which is in itself a logical fallacy)
Although this is in America, I can see one or two schools picking up on this argument and these textbooks and using them here as shown by my previous problem with a book publisher using staff from a well known school and University. Sadly, the issue with problem with the creationists and Christian fundamentalists attacking via book publishers is that many teachers and students will blindly accept what is written in books as being true, the written word tends to have more authority.
I guess they’ve forgotten that Komodo dragons and crocodiles appear to be related to dinosaurs anyway. (not to mention that the phylum ave, which includes all birds is actually more closely related anyway, read more here or here). The existence of these animals does not suddenly disprove all of evolution, so why peddle such easily discredited nonsense such as the Loch Ness Monster in order to make their foolish arguments ? I guess that’s a sign of their desperation.
I fear for the generation of students who will have this foisted on them rather than wonder that is true science.
Loch Ness Monster cited by US schools as evidence that evolution is myth
By CLAIRE MCKIN
Published on Monday 25 June 2012 14:05
THOUSANDS of American school pupils are to be taught that the Loch Ness monster is real – in an attempt by religious teachers to disprove Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
Pupils attending privately-run Christian schools in the southern state of Louisiana will learn from textbooks next year, which claim Scotland’s most famous mythological beast is a living creature.
Thousands of children are to receive publicly-funded vouchers enabling them to attend the schools – which follow a strict fundamentalist curriculum.
The Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) programme teaches controversial religious beliefs, aimed at disproving evolution and proving creationism.
Youngsters will be told that if it can be proved that dinosaurs walked the earth at the same time as man, then Darwinism is fatally flawed.
Critics have slammed the content of the religious course books, labelling them “bizarre” and accusing them of promoting radical religious and political ideas.
One ACE textbook called Biology 1099, Accelerated Christian Education Inc reads: “Are dinosaurs alive today? Scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence.
“Have you heard of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland? ‘Nessie’ for short has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.”
Another claim taught is that a Japanese whaling boat once caught a dinosaur.
One former pupil, Jonny Scaramanga, 27, who went through the ACE programme as a child, but now campaigns against Christian fundamentalism, said the Nessie claim was presented as “evidence” that evolution could not have happened.
He added: “The reason for that is they’re saying if Noah’s flood only happened 4,000 years ago, which they believe literally happened, then possibly a sea monster survived.
“If it was millions of years ago then that would be ridiculous. That’s their logic. It’s a common thing among creationists to believe in sea monsters.”
Private religious schools, including the Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, Louisiana, which follows the ACE curriculum, have already been cleared to receive the state voucher money transferred from public school funding, thanks to a bill pushed through by Republican state governor Bobby Jindal, a Hindu convert to Catholicism.
Boston-based researcher and writer Bruce Wilson, who specialises in the American political religious right, said: “One of these texts from Bob Jones University Press claims that dinosaurs were fire-breathing dragons. It has little to do with science as we currently understand. It’s more like medieval scholasticism.”
Mr Wilson believes that such fundamentalist Christian teaching is going on in at least 13 American states.
He added: “There’s a lot of public funding going to private schools, probably around 200,000 pupils are receiving this education.
“The majority of parents now home schooling their kids are Christian fundamentalists too. I don’t believe they should be publicly funded, I don’t believe the schools who use these texts should be publicly funded.”