Ken Ham, the founder of the Creation Museum who last month debated TV personality Bill Nye “The Science Guy” pitting his Biblical literalism against Darwinian evolution, says the highly publicized showdown has been like manna from heaven for a foundering $73 million Noah’s Ark theme park.
“It was a challenging time, one that on a human level required a miracle to overcome,” Ham, who heads the Answers in Genesis ministry, said in a statement of the near collapse of funding for the long-delayed Ark Encounter park. “And God in His providence supplied our needs.”
Nye is widely viewed as having won that debate, but Ham may have gotten the last word: on Thursday he announced that his Creation Museum’s proposed Noah’s Ark theme park, including a 510-foot replica of the Biblical vessel, had against all odds secured a last-minute $62 million municipal bond offering.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Policy pop quiz: Does Texas - algebra II = success?
The state that started a trend by making high school students tackle algebra II is now abandoning the policy in a move praise by school districts for affording more flexibility. But some policy experts are nervous because nearly 20 states have followed Texas’ lead in requiring the vigorous course.
Supporters say fewer course mandates give students more time to focus on vocational training for high-paying jobs that don’t necessarily require a college degree, such as at Toyota’s factory in San Antonio or oil and chemical giant BASF’s facilities on the Gulf Coast.
But critics say Texas — often watched for education policy — is watering down its standards. They note that test scores and graduation rates have improved since the tougher curriculum was adopted in 2006.
“Algebra II is a really, really powerful predictive value on whether kids go to college, but it goes on and on after that: more likely to have a full-time job, have a job with benefits, be healthier,” said Patte Barth, director of the Center for Public Education, a policy group affiliated with the National School Boards Association.
“It’s not just for the college bound.”
Sixteen other states and the District of Columbia now require algebra II for most students, while Minnesota and Connecticut will do so soon. But Texas will join Florida — two of the country’s most populous states — in dropping the requirement when its Board of Education gives final approval to a curriculum overhaul next week.
That’s prompting some education groups to keep close tabs on other states because Texas’ classroom policy can have national implications. The state’s heavy reliance on tougher standardized testing under then-Gov. George W. Bush became the model for the federal No Child Left Behind law. Texas’ textbook market is so large that edits made for its classrooms can affect books sold nationwide.
“It’s funny that the banner-turning state would be backing off not so many years later,” said Jennifer Dounay Zinth, a policy analyst at Education Commission of the States.
She said her group is watching but hasn’t seen similar moves in other algebra II-requiring states so far.
Legislators overwhelmingly approved the change in May, even though Texas’ higher education commissioner, Raymond Paredes, said removing mandates for advanced math and science would leave more students ill-prepared for college and technical careers.
HURR HURR!!! IT TEH SHARIA!!!11!!!!
Texas, leading the way to ignorance.
From the Minneapolis City Pages:
The New Ulm Actors Community Theater has decided to cancel its planned production of “Inherit the Wind” thanks to pressure from local evangelicals who object to the way the play portrays the evolution/creationism debate.
And from the New Ulm Journal:
NEW ULM - The New Ulm Actors Community Theatre’s production of “Inherent the Wind” was canceled last week due to cast dropouts stemming from objections by Martin Luther College professors and local WELS members over the play’s depiction of the evolution/creationism debate.
NUACT originally slated the play as its fall production with MLC student Zach Stowe as director. The play deals with a fictionalized version of the evolution/creationism debate in the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial.” The play is also a metaphor for criticizing the suppression of free expression under the McCarthyism of the 1950s.
So, this was college professors who are normally about academic freedom and such acting like McCarthy about a play that among other things criticizes McCarthyism.
After seeing the poster for the audition, several MLC professors raised objections about the play’s subject to the administration.
Jeffrey Schone, MLC’s VP of Student Life, declined to name the objecting professors, but stated the administration similarly became concerned about being associated with the play.
The college is part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, the above mentioned “WELS.” They hold Genesis as literally true.
Here’s the kicker:
Ironically, the court case depicted in this play found in favor of the creationist argument made at the time.
The image above has recently been making the rounds on all the social sites. I first saw it last week and it was good for a facepalm or two but I was a little suspicious, as we all should be when this sort of thing pops up in the social media nowadays. After appearing in my feed a few times it faded away and I thought nothing more of it.
Today, it was in my Snopes report email so I clicked on the link to find out if my suspicions had been correct. I was surprised to find that the image was real. And there was another page to the test. So, it became legitimate news and here we are.
The test was purported to be a 4th grade quiz from a private school in South Carolina. After some digging by Snopes and others, and a confirmation from Answers In Genesis president Ken Ham, we now know that the school is the Blue Ridge Christian Academy in the Greenville area. Our own Filthy Liberal, Justin Rosario wrote about the initial reactions to the picture and the story behind it.
But even before that information was revealed, the reactions to the test had flown furiously around the web, setting off the patented “Christian victimization reaction.” Mr. Ham wrote an alternately whiny and outraged column on his website, complaining that the school, its administrators and teachers were being ruthlessly attacked by those horrible atheists!
April 2, 2013: There are some common patterns among Islamic terrorists. They tend to be the least educated (often illiterate), least employable and the least intelligent members of their community (either in the old country or within immigrant communities in the West). While university educated terrorists get a lot of media attention, most ideologically motivated terrorists are poor and illiterate. These deficiencies provide a great motivator to do something desperate in the off chance it might improve your lot. Thus most of the violence in the world occurs in countries with low literacy rates.
As shown in an earlier post on LGF, that is also how Pat likes ‘em.
Idaho investigates complaint about teacher’s human reproduction lesson
More: Idaho Investigates Complaint About Teacher’s Human Reproduction Lesson
Gee, because 16 y/o boys have NEVER heard the word Vagina! The Horrors, The Humanity!!!!
According to McDaniel, four parents were offended that he explained the biology of an orgasm and included the word “vagina” during his lesson on the human reproductive system in a tenth-grade biology course.
Students of course can OPT OUT, but none of them did.
“I teach straight out of the textbook, I don’t include anything that the textbook doesn’t mention,” McDaniel said. “But I give every student the option not attend this class when I teach on the reproductive system if they don’t feel comfortable with the material.”
I guess that the whole “Ignorance is Bliss” thing is what these parents are looking for. After all, if you don’t know anything about Orgasms, you really don’t have any responsibility to make sure your partner has one.
Who’s motto is “Ladies First, and Second, and maybe even a Third first”
This story is just being reported. Can’t say I’m surprised that Morsi is surrounding himself with people like this. .
An important figure in Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s administration has called the Holocaust a hoax put together U.S. intelligence operatives, and claims that the 6 million Jews who were killed by Nazis simply moved to the United States.
These outlandish claims were made by Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close to Morsi who is charged with appointing the editors of all state-run Egyptian newspapers. He made these remarks as the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, and as the U.S. continues to figure out its relationship with the increasingly radical nation.
‘The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented.
U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it [the Holocaust] to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb.’
Efraim Zuroff of the Israel Director of the Jerusalem-based Simon Weisenthal Center responded to Shihab-Eddim’s remarks, saying:
“The sad truth is that these views are relatively common in the Arab world and are the result of ignorance on one hand and of government-sponsored Holocaust denial on the other hand.’
The remarks concern Israeli experts who have been keeping an eye on Egypt ever since Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood administration took over the government in elections last summer.
President Morsi has also come out against Jews in the past. In 2010, Morsi stated that Jews are “the descendants of apes and pigs”, but he insists that they were taken out of context. Nevertheless, archivists say that Morsi made similar statements repeatedly before he rose to power.
Anti-Semitic statements and Holocaust denial appear to be part of the Muslim Brotherhood doctrine.
Title: Romney and Ryan Campaign In Ohio
Caption: LANCASTER, OH - OCTOBER 12: A supporter of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) waits for a campaign event to begin on October 12, 2012 in Lancaster, Ohio. Ryan debated U.S. Vice President Joe Biden the evening before and Romney is scheduled to debate U.S. President Barack Obama for the second time on October 16. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Date created: 12 Oct 2012
Update via Buzzfeed:
A Romney spokesperson commented that the shirt was “reprehensible and has no place in this election.”