Voucher programs are funneling millions of dollars to schools around the nation that teach creationism as science, according to new research by activist Zack Kopplin and MSNBC. Kopplin cross-referenced private schools that received public funding in the form of “school vouchers” with schools that publicly admitted that they used known creationist textbooks or curriculum. He found 310 schools receiving “tens of millions” of dollars from voucher programs around the country. Here are three of the sample curricula as described by Kopplin:
1. The Beverly Institute in Jacksonville, Florida, teaches “Evidence of a Flood,” and “Evidence against Evolution,” and ”The Evolution of Man: A Mistaken Belief.”
2. Creekside Christian Academy in McDonough, Georgia says, “The universe, a direct creation of God, refutes the man-made idea of evolution. Students will be called upon to see the divine order of creation and its implications on other subject areas.”
3. Life Christian Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma says their life science class will “lead the student to recognize that God created all living things and that these living things are fearfully and wonderfully made.” Evolution is taught only in history class, where students “evaluate the theory of evolution and its flaws.” The school uses the creationist Bob Jones and CSI curriculums.
In addition to funding strictly religious schools (unless they happen to be Muslim), school vouchers suck money from public schools without delivering appreciable benefits to students, potentially even worsening educational outcomes.
Creationism hasn’t only snuck into schools through vouchers. Louisiana state law allows creationism to be taught in public schools, which prompted New Orleans teachers to set up their own rules barring creationism from science classes in protest.