Taking on Creeping Creationism in Public Schools (Moyers Video)

Bill Moyers interviews Zack Kopplin on keeping the teaching of Creationism in public-funded public schools.

US students are not making the gains in science and math learning that students in other countries are, which isn’t surprising since their teachers are being mandated by fanatic ignoramuses in state legislatures to tell them that Jesus rode a dinosaur into Jerusalem. The US will fall behind other countries in bio-technology if this wave of obscurantism is allowed to continue. And, note that biotech jobs are increasing, but concentrated in seven states. They are the ones where anti-evolution thinking is unpopular among the public, and they emphatically do not include Louisiana, which limps along with among the worst poverty, employment and health rankings among US states. And Louisiana’s failing schools should inspire more alarm than that they might correctly be teaching evolution in biology classes.


“Zack Kopplin on Keeping Creationism Out of Public Classrooms
March 1, 2013

From the time he was a high school senior in his home state of Louisiana, Kopplin has been speaking, debating, cornering politicians and winning the active support of 78 Nobel Laureates, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New Orleans City Council, and tens of thousands of students, teachers and others around the country. The Rice University history major joins Bill to talk about fighting the creep of creationist curricula into public school science classes and publicly funded vouchers that end up supporting creationist instruction.

“Evolution and climate change aren’t scientifically controversial, but they are controversial to Louisiana legislators,” Kopplin tells Bill. “Basically, everyone who looked at this law knew it was just a back door to sneak creationism into public school science classes.”

Interview Producer: Gail Ablow. Editor: Sikay Tang. Associate Producer: Robert Booth.”

2 Responses

  1. Years ago I noted that whenever rank & file opponents of teaching evolution were interviewed, they didn’t care much as to whether it was true or not. They were full of fear that their kids no longer blindly obeyed them, and they clung to the indoctrination of an omnipotent God as the basis for parental authority. They expected the schools to do their dirty work on this front, and they turned to extremist theocrats when that didn’t happen.

    I don’t think teaching Christian Fundamentalism (creationism is just a small part of the agenda) itself is what depressed grades, but the fact that kids get the message from their parents that facts, numbers, history, etc. must be twisted to support the tribe’s self-justifying dogma. If the facts are being rewritten all the time, it’s easier to just know what the ideology demands, and then prove your loyalty by yelling ever-more preposterous lies than your neighbors do.

    Until the corporations consider this to be a negative rather than a positive, the “market” won’t punish these regions. Now consider why the corporations prefer workers who are ignorant, innumerate, xenophobic, warlike, and filled with fear.

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