Textbooks at Houston charter schools use existence of Loch Ness Monster to disprove evolutionary theory

By Scott Kaufman
Friday, October 25, 2013 15:00 EDT
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"a photograph of charles darwin by julia margaret cameron, from 1868" via wikimedia
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A charter school in Houston that accepts taxpayer funding is using anti-science textbooks in its classrooms. According to a parent of one of its former students, iSchool High is using textbooks that explicitly link evolutionary theory with genocide:

[Hitler] has written that the Aryan (German) race would be the leader in all human progress. To accomplish that goal, all “lower races” should either be enslaved or eliminated. Apparently the theory of evolution and its “survival of the fittest” philosophy had taken root in Hitler’s warped mind.

iSchool, which according to Alan Wimberley, a “chief learning officer” with its parent company Responsive Education Solutions, or ResponsiveEd, is designed “to get kids college — and career-ready.”

However, ResponsiveEd was founded by Donald R. Howard, former owner of Accelerated Christian Education (ACE), which made headlines last year when one of its textbooks claimed that evolutionary theory can’t be accurate because the Loch Ness Monster is real:

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.

Could a fish have developed into a dinosaur? As astonishing as it may seem, many evolutionists theorize that fish evolved into amphibians and amphibians into reptiles. This gradual change from fish to reptiles has no scientific basis. No transitional fossils have been or ever will be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian, and reptile as separate, unique animals. Any similarities that exist among them are due to the fact that one Master Craftsmen fashioned them all.

Instead of acquiring “career-ready” levels of scientific information, students at iSchool are receiving an education even educators at the fundamentalist Bob Jones University believe is inadequate. As historian Adam Laats wrote, “[a]ccording to BJU writers, the ACE and A Beka curricula failed to adequately educate their students academically or spiritually by neglecting … higher-order thinking skills.”

["A photograph of Charles Darwin by Julia Margaret Cameron, from 1868" via Wikimedia Commons]

Scott Kaufman
Scott Kaufman
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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