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1 Charles Johnson  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 10:49:28am

"Bible-based math books?" WTF!

This kind of article makes me want to tear my hair out. America is sabotaging itself.

2 HappyWarrior  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 10:51:42am

This is real class warfare. Not the fake kind Obama is accused of. And I second Charles' bible based math books WTF.

3 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 11:02:35am

I'm mortified I misspelled "idiocracy." (Corrects and slinks away.)

4 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 11:09:25am

Fundamath:
"If Jebumusaphat lived 214 years and massacred 592 Amelakites, how many Amelakites did he massacre in an average year?"
"If 83% of Greek pagans were homosexual, how many queers would you expect to find in a Greek theater crowd of 650?"
"If the Grand Canyon was excavated to a depth of 1 mile during the 40 days and nights of Noah's Flood, how many feet and inches of solid rock were removed for each hour of the Flood?"

5 CriticalDragon1177  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 11:09:47am

re: #1 Charles Johnson

"Bible-based math books?" WTF!

This kind of article makes me want to tear my hair out. America is sabotaging itself.

I agree. They're probably just as nice and reliable as those Bible Based "science" books that promote creationism.

6 Randall Gross  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 11:23:42am

I see lots of opportunity here, I could open a low cost Southern Baptist Math Madrassa and rake in the dough. I could get textbooks from hotel nightstands! Win!

7 Randall Gross  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 11:27:35am
The school willing to accept the most voucher students — 314 — is New Living Word in Ruston, which has a top-ranked basketball team but no library. Students spend most of the day watching TVs in bare-bones classrooms. Each lesson consists of an instructional DVD that intersperses Biblical verses with subjects such chemistry or composition.

Who needs a library -- there's only one book that matters! ///

8 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 11:33:39am

The crunch will come when communists, atheists, Muslims, black nationalists, polygamists, etc. realize that they too can cash in and start their own indoctrination centers. Talibaptist heads will explode. The mental gymnastics they will go through trying to exclude these "un-Christian" groups will be fearsome to behold.

9 dragonath  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 11:40:52am

re: #7 Randall Gross

*shudder*

10 HappyWarrior  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 11:58:45am

re: #7 Randall Gross

Who needs a library -- there's only one book that matters! ///

No library? That's ridiculous.

11 dragonfire1981  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 12:27:20pm

I know it's been sitting here for a few hours, but I'd like to strongly nominate this article for a front page promotion. People need to know about this.

12 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 1:05:40pm
The school willing to accept the most voucher students -- 314 -- is New Living Word in Ruston, which has a top-ranked basketball team but no library. Students spend most of the day watching TVs in bare-bones classrooms. Each lesson consists of an instructional DVD that intersperses Biblical verses with subjects such chemistry or composition.

hahahahaha fuck me

poor kids, sold into dipshittery by their cultist parents

13 renata39.5  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 1:17:54pm

This is one of those things that makes me embarrassed to be from Louisiana. Even my very conservative, Jindal-supporting principal is adamantly against the education reform package he shoved through the legislature. Schools are not businesses, and trying to run them like businesses and having them run by businesses and trying to improve them by introducing "competition" via voucher programs isn't educational reform. It doesn't work like that. As my principal noted, education is not a product to sell, it's a complex service that must meet many individualized needs while producing a fairly generalized outcome (a roundly educated public). Treating education like a product in a a consumer market (hey, everybody ought to be able to choose what they want to learn! budgets need to function like business budgets! teacher evaluations should be simplistic and outcome based alone!) is the foundation of these types of reforms, and undermines the very structure and purpose of general, public (using public in its broadest sense) education.

14 renata39.5  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 1:22:06pm

Oh, and this...

At Eternity Christian Academy in Westlake, pastor-turned-principal Marie Carrier hopes to secure extra space to enroll 135 voucher students, though she now has room for just a few dozen. Her first- through eighth-grade students sit in cubicles for much of the day and move at their own pace through Christian workbooks, such as a beginning science text that explains “what God made” on each of the six days of creation. They are not exposed to the theory of evolution.

...this is no doubt the A.C.E. curriculum. We used a few of their PACEs for enrichment courses (like sewing, etc.--I was homeschooled, the educated, thinking kind of homeschooling). One time we tried them for core curriculum. It has to be the least challenging curriculum I have ever seen or used. I can't imagine that a student who used PACEs for higher maths and sciences (even aside from the philosophical problems) would be in any way prepared for a college-level class.

15 Tiny Alien Kitties are Watching You  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 1:50:49pm

More homegrown religious fundamentalists trying to drag us all down into a second dark age, the better to empower their faith in the perverted understanding of God that they personally believe in (and wish to force all the rest of us to believe in as well). Meanwhile these same people claim that Muslims and Sharia are the only true threat to our national well being?

16 celticdragon  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 1:55:07pm

Kevin Phillips (the guy who helped create Nixon's Southern Strategy) actually calls this "The Great Disenlightenment". For the first time I know of in recorded history, a great power has deliberately and knowingly begun to destroy her own cache of knowedge and education and sink into mythology and magical thinking.

This isn't an invading army burning down our library of Alexandria. We are carrying the torches ourselves.

17 Prideful, Arrogant Marriage Equality Advocate  Mon, Jun 4, 2012 4:36:19pm

re: #16 celticdragon

But there are some that say that is exactly what happened, and with it came Europe's dark age. Powerful men were using the Christian religion and religious fanatics to gain total power. Blaming the Dark ages on some European Barbarians was just a convenient excuse. The dismantling of higher learning institutions was essential, for they believed the Bible contained all they needed to know from then on out.
The tragic story of the Greek female mathematician Hypatia is but one example of this.

I would also like to reiterate "using the Christian religion" and in no way meaning this as a condemnation of Christianity itself.


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