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Fight at the Museum: Confronting Visitor Biases

The Field Museum in Chicago. (Ancheta Wis/Wikimedia Commons)

Midway through the school year, parents and teachers are starting to plan (and fundraise) for winter and spring field trips. Among the most popular destinations is the science museum. The Association of Science-Technology Centers estimates that 12.1 million children in the United States visited science museums as part of a school group in 2013, accounting [...]

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How Well Do Miss USA Contestants Represent Their States?

Last month , contestants in the Miss USA pageant were "scared to death," according to Fox News. Why were they so terrified? They feared "polarizing questions" asked in interviews taped before the pageant, including “Should evolution be taught in schools?” After the pageant, observers noted that the victor, formerly Miss California, had declared herself "a huge [...]

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Italy science council funds creationist book

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After hosting a panel earlier this year to discuss supposed flaws in evolutionary theory, Italy’s science agency the National Research Council (CNR) reportedly put up thousands of dollars to help with the publication of a follow-up book, Evolutionism: The Decline of an Hypothesis. The move has vexed many scientists in the country where the Vatican [...]

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Rosetta Stones

Adventures in Creationist Earth Science Education I: In Which First Impressions Are Made

A choice selection of Christianist textbooks, plus one secular. Can you spot the odd book out?

Welcome to the first installment of our down-to-earth analysis of young earth creationist earth science textbooks*, in which we learn what good Christians™ are teaching the kids these days. Let’s take a moment to acquaint ourselves with our three texts. Two are for Christian schools; the third is a secular control. At first glance, it’s [...]

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Rosetta Stones

Adventures in ACE I: In Which Oddities Are Explored

My stack of ACE PACES. These are supposedly the entire 8th grade science curriculum.

I recently spent an instructive few months reading Jonny Scaramanga’s blog, where I learned just how screwed up Accelerated Christian Education is. Imagine a room full of young kids stuffed in study carrels (“offices,” in ACE parlance), sitting silent on hard plastic chairs while they’re taught truly-true Christian things from thin newsprint booklets. As they [...]

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Rosetta Stones

Readers’ Experiences with Creationist Education

Image shows Morpheus from The Matrix. Caption says, "What if I told you young earth creationism contradicts every field of science, and not just biology."

Our preliminary foray into the world of creationist earth science education encouraged many of you to share your own stories. I want to make sure they don’t languish unread in the comments section. Real people are affected by these awful textbooks. We should never, ever lose sight of that fact.

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Rosetta Stones

Adventures in Creationist Earth Science Education: In the Beginning…

Mah three textbooks on me bedside work table, plus a glass of my preferred coping mechanism (a nice, crisp, late-harvest Riesling), with the kitteh in the background looking rather skeptical of this whole idea.

For a while, now, I’ve planned a series on the kind of creationists who like to run around calling themselves geologists and invade GSA meetings under false pretenses. People like Steven Austin, who does real geology only to the extent it gives him a Trojan Horse into professional journals and meetings. These creationists have a [...]

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Rosetta Stones

A Travesty of an Education

Illustrations from A Beka Book's Science of the Physical Creation in Christian Perspective, BJU's Earth Science 4th Edition, and ACE Science PACE 1096. The misinformation presented to students in these books is breathtaking.

Would you be upset if I told you millions of kids are being taught that the earth is less than 10,000 years old? This is happening in Christian schools and homeschools* throughout America and the UK. Textbooks used in these schools are written from a biblical literalist viewpoint. To them, Genesis is a scientific treatise. [...]

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Speaking of Tax Dollars… Do You Like Yours Spent on Teaching Creationism?

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After the State of the Union address last night, everyone is talking about how best to spend tax dollars. So it seems appropriate to bring this into the conversation. Slate published a critical interactive map this week showing schools that allow the teaching of creationism in their science classrooms while receiving public funding. It’s a [...]

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