In Florida, private schools receive state funding to teach shocking things about science, slavery and the civil rights movement.
The Orlando Sentinel dove into the the curriculum at private religious schools in the area and found that a number of horrifying lessons for students. These schools number about 2,000 and receive nearly $1 billion in state money through vouchers, which they partly use to buy materials from Christian publishing companies.
Among the materials are an alternative version of the civil rights movement in which “most black and white southerners had long lived together in harmony” until “power-hungry individuals stirred up the people.”
In science books, evolution is derided and students are told that Noah likely brought baby dinosaurs aboard his ark during the Biblical flood.
“Students who have learned science in this kind of environment are not prepared for college experiences,” a biology teacher from the University of Central Florida told the Sentinel after reviewing the books. “They would be intellectually disadvantaged.”
Also troublingly, the “teachers” at many of these schools don’t have college degrees and simply hand the children workbooks to fill out.
Read the full story here.