Since the Louisiana school system began, last year, a voucher program that allows students to go to private schools on the public’s dime, reports have trickled out over questionable schools that qualified for the system.
With a lack of oversight, it seemed, children were being taught creationism and other debunked or wholly wrong ideas. Mother Jones uncovered that children were learning that humans and dinosaurs walked the earth together, that the KKK did helpful community organizing, and that dragons were real.
But the latest example takes on perhaps the most overtly political stance. In a textbook obtained by Americablog, children are taught about hippies:
They went to Canada or European countries to escape being drafted into military service.
Many young people turned to drugs and immoral lifestyles’ these youths became known as hippies. They went without bathing, wore dirty, ragged, unconventional clothing, and deliberately broke all codes of politeness or manners. Rock music played an important part in the hippie movement and had great influence over the hippies. Many of the rock musicians they followed belonged to Eastern religious cults or practiced Satan worship.
The book also includes this helpful picture of “the hippies”:
In December of 2012, a Louisiana state court declared the voucher program unconstitutional because it used public money to fund private enterprises. That decision is in the process of appeal by the state.