Texas Schools Blame Evolution For World Wars

Illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

Illustration by Lisa Larson-Walker

In Texas the world appears to be upside down.  God rules all things and many Texans eschew science, hate gays, refuse to allow women to make a choice, and encourage everyone to own and carry a gun.

In most places people like these are few and far between and don’t pose a significant threat to the general population, but Texas is the exception and here’s why:

Texas students in publicly funded charter schools run by Responsive Education Solutions are learning that, “in the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth,” as well as that feminism is responsible for single women turning to the federal government as “surrogate husband[s].”

According to Zack Kopplin at Slate, Responsive Education Solutions has been “infiltrating and subverting” the charter school movement in order to push an explicitly Christian, conservative agenda.

Responsive Education Solutions has 17,000 students, more than 65 schools, and receives $82 million in public funding annually.

Kopplin acquired workbook for the school’s biology “Knowledge Unit,” which shares a first sentence with the King James Bible: “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.”

The material that followed was equally misleading, including sections that claim that scientists “question the validity of the conclusions concerning the age of Earth.” The biology workbook is replete with other creationist arguments against evolutionary theory, including that there is no experimental data to back it; that transitional fossils which should exist, don’t; and that the theory can be directly linked to the rise of eugenics in Nazi Germany.

The book manufactures doubt where none should exist, and it does so deliberately. Rosalinda Gonalez, Response Education Solution’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, told Kopplin that the workbook “teaches evolution, noting, but not exploring, the existence of competing theories.”

However, even merely “noting” the existence of non-scientific “competing theories” was held to be unconstitutional by Edwards v. Aguillard.

The “Knowledge Units” pertaining to history are similarly problematic, only instead of pushing creation science on unwitting students, they showcase a version of history that contains a distinctly conservative ideological bias.

They claim that the First World War is the result of “the abandoning of religious standards of conduct” that began with the Enlightenment. The New Deal “ushered in a new era of dependency on the Federal government,” and feminism created a class of women who “lacked male financial support and who had to turn to the state as a surrogate husband.”

According to Kopplin, its explicitly moral components refer not to civic virtues, but to “values” borrowed whole-cloth — and without citation — from the website of Bill Gothard, a minister whose demands his followers incorporate “biblical principles” into daily life.

One significant problem with crypto-Christian charter schools operating in Texas is that the state only allows for 300 charter schools to operate at any one time. This means that these stealth-creationist, conservative outfits are preventing legitimately innovative charter schools from opening in the state.

Kopplin calls this “a moment of truth for the charter movement and for Texas politicians. Will they support removing from charter programs these schools that break the law?”

In Texas the religious crazies are determined to poison their young, so as to further corrupt society with their mythological nonsense and unbridled hatred for all who do not subscribe to their corrupted beliefs.

Many thanks to Slate and Raw Story for contributions.

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9 Responses to Texas Schools Blame Evolution For World Wars

  1. James Smith

    January 18, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Again, I am astounded by the depths of ignorance in the fundies and their determination to show it to the world. It seems I can never place them low enough on the intelligence scale. Is there a -IQ number? One where they pull down anyone near them?

    • Michael John Scott

      January 18, 2014 at 11:20 am

      The enculturation of religion and its attendant baggage of bullshit. I don’t see it ever ending either. Did you know that 47% of Canadians are Atheists? In America 88% of the population is considered Christian. Scary shit man…

  2. jess

    January 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    How are these kids going to make it in college for their general ed classes, if they don’t do science or will that be the new thing they all go to Liberty or Regent whatever the hell it’s called and get buybull study instead of real college classes. No wonder the rest of the world is beating us in many areas, we’re getting dumber by the second.

  3. Daniel Bagley

    January 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    …and this is where the christian taliban is born.

    • Michael John Scott

      January 18, 2014 at 12:40 pm


      • Jess

        January 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

        Mike, have you read Markos Moulitsas’ American Taliban? He lays it out beautifully how the GoOpers are just like the Taliban, as far as their theocratic ways are.

        • Michael John Scott

          January 18, 2014 at 9:01 pm

          I’ve heard of it Jess but have never gotten around to reading it. I think I should.

          • Jess

            January 18, 2014 at 10:45 pm

            If you don’t want to spend the money for it, I have an extra copy and I would be glad to send it to you. You know my email if you want it.

  4. Jim Moore

    January 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    ..and let’s not forget that TX is responsible for the publication of the school text books used by MANY other states: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/13/education/13texas.html?_r=0