By Henry Decker

The Loch Ness Monster Is Real, And Five Other Insane Lies Taught By Louisiana Textbooks

June 25, 2012 4:59 pm Category: Memo Pad 39 Comments A+ / A-

Louisiana Governor and possible vice presidential nominee Bobby Jindal has championed the most extensive school voucher program in the nation, slashing funding to public schools and rerouting the money to private institutions — up to 80 percent of which are religious in nature.

There are plenty of reasons to oppose school voucher programs like Jindal’s, but one of the most dramatic is the fact that these programs use taxpayer money to promote some truly outrageous curricula.

Bruce Wilson of Talk To Action has compiled a list of outrageous lessons being taught by the three of the textbook companies — Accelerated Christian Education, A Beka Book, and Bob Jones University Press — that write the books used by many of the schools that benefit from Louisiana’s voucher program.

Here are six outrageous lies that thousands of Louisiana children will be taught in school; all are quotes from Wilson and Rachel Tabachnik’s documentary, “School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/debbie.kieselryan1 Debbie Kiesel-Ryan

    And Bobby was in line to be Veeped???? If they are teaching this in Louisiana schools, it’s no wonder the US has fallen to almost number 40 in education globally. The rest of the world must think we are morons….

  • gargray

    Debbie you are right some people are not to smart especially bobby Jindal.

  • howa4x

    This is why the south is falling way behind in education. If a governor in the northeast or west coast ever wanted this in the ciriculum they would be laughed out of office.
    The Republicans are intent on creating a nation of true morons since these are the only ones that will buy their philosophy unquestioned, and will end up working for minimum wage jobs once unions are gone.
    I thought the tea party was a strong supporter of the constitution, maybe they didn’t get to the part that calls for a seperation of church and state, or maybe they just don’t understand it.

    • andyjw

      Paying minimum wage is too generous for these guys. They believe minimum wage laws are an unnecessary government intrusion in the employer-employee relationship.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5FP74WDYR2ZSUGRNMGJCABROA Karla

    It’s embarrassing that Louisiana is part of the US if this is what they are teaching.

  • karinursula

    This is the United States of America the most advanced and riches country in the world?
    What a travesty. I’m sorry I’m flabbergasted that there actually teachers who teach
    this crap.

  • SaneJane

    I previously thought that the push for charter schools was about cutting money for education with a bit of racism thrown. Now I know it is so they can control what is being taught and make it match their vision of our future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=701944557 Peter Kohan

    “You’ve got to be taught before it’s too late
    Before you are six or seven or eight
    To hate all the people your relatives hate
    You’ve got to be carefully taught”

    Never have those Rodgers & Hammerstein lyrics ever rung truer.

  • http://twitter.com/agger83 Carl Anderson

    Well that scares the crap out of me. What happens to the kid who watches one of the numerous tv shows about Loch Ness and then questions the text book by pointing out that there is no real evidence?

  • ARepublicanNorthlandGrad

    Coming to a school near you.

  • Chuckl8

    I’d never defend the KKK, but #3 on this list deserves a longer look – “the [Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross… In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians.”

    If this sentence was included in an overall condemnation of the KKK, and was intended to illustrate that there were rare and early exceptions to the hate-driven mob the Klan was, and was not a defense of the Klan, then the sentence can be called accurate.

    In other words, as we correct the textbooks in question, let’s not over-correct. Until we see the entire passage on the KKK, the sentence could be misleading in more ways than one.

    Citing a very, VERY loose example, the Boy Scouts organization is anti-gay, but that doesn’t mean everyone involved in the Boy Scouts is anti-gay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ahayron Aaron Spencer

    This is all religion’s fault.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B6RROC4IUESHT322QS5VJVPYRM Lynda

    My sister-in-law moved to La. a couple of decades ago when she married an oil rig worker and native of La. She assures me that you would not believe some of the claptrap that folks in that neck of the woods are willing to believe. Apparently their leadership wants to keep them ignorant and unable to compete in the world market place. Why is the immediate question, as it is certainly counterproductive to champion stupidity. Good old PT Barnum was certainly correct about the American character.

  • kristysgodmother

    I’m always amazed at the push for more small business “good” jobs. Now don’t misunderstand me. I have nothing against small business. Both my husband and my father (and grandfather) had small businesses. However they can’t afford to pay much over minimum wage. This is not a living wage. We need big businesses (factory’s and such) with union jobs that pay a real wage. Oh, I forgot. Unions are evil. Only evil people want to make a living off their labors. Now if you want to make a living off the labor of someone else that’s okay.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Henry “Useful Idiot” Decker is at it again with his usual crap hit pieces. How much is the Obozo campaign propaganda machine paying you, Hank? I hope not much because your writing isn’t wort the pixels required to display it. One only needs to read the following statement to know what a hack you are:

    >”There are plenty of reasons to oppose school voucher programs like Jindal’s, but one of the most dramatic is the fact that these programs use taxpayer money to promote some truly outrageous curricula.”<

    - Like buying 2,500 assault weapons and illegally sending them to drug lords in Mexico resulting in hundreds of deaths is a good use of taxpayer money?
    - Like pouring BILLIONS AND BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars down the stupid "green companies" hole is not a waste of money? (Solyndra, Solar Trust, Ecotality, Fisker Automotive, etc. etc. etc etc.)
    - Like using taxpayer money to finance leftist nutjob social engineering plans is a good use of taxpayer money?
    - Like using $200 Million to finance Obozo's vacation to India is a good use of taxpayer money?
    - Like using taxpayer money to finance Planned Parenthood and abortions is a good use?????
    - Like sending $1.6 BILLION to the Muslim Brotherhood terrorists in Egypt is a good use of taxpayer money?
    - Like putting America another $6 TRILLION in debt in only 3.5 years is a good use of future taxpayer dollars?

    HA!!! Who the hell are you kidding to be complaining about where a state spends their money on education.? What a joke you are, Henry!!!

    By the way, the Lochness Monster is no less of a reality than Obozo's ideas about how to fix an economy. Borrow and spend, demonize business, borrow and spend, demonize successful people, borrow and spend, demonize Wall Street (but take their campaign money, wink wink), borrow and spend……. and on and on and on and on. As if going into debt any more would make us all wealthy. What a joke!!!!

    Have a nice day, leftist nutjobs! :-)

    • exoraluna

      W!O!W! U sure put a lot of thinking into your response. Seems like I’ve heard that one b4. Copy and paste much?

      • ObozoMustGo

        Hey looney… others copy and paste what I write. You can be assured of that. But I dont care.

        By the way… you didn’t say anything about what I posted. It’s all true!

        Have a nice day!

        • exoraluna

          The fact that they copy/paste your comments do not say anything about your credibility. The fact that they do, also confirms that you may be the looniest of all.

    • Justin Napolitano

      Obozo, you are back with your usual shi*. Congratulations on surviving your lobotomy.
      I was worried that you might not be able to think clearly but then remembered that you have never been able to think clearly so no one would notice anyway.
      I hope you have a nice day.

      • ObozoMustGo

        JNap…. Still have an aversion to the truth and an inability to battle on the facts and questions that I posed, eh? Don’t worry. I don’t expect much from a young fool like you though. You’ll grow up one day, hopefully….

        Have a nice day!

    • d clark

      You could be Joseph Goebells, if only you were smarter. The fact that only Rush Limburger and Fux Newseum are your only sources of “information” would make you just right for the position, though!

      • ObozoMustGo

        Are you kidding me???? You’re actually reading comments that were posted a year ago?????? And your RESPONDING to them without a single refutation of what I wrote???? What kind of loser are you? Get a life you dope!!!

        Go back to your crack pipe, and keep on cramming MSLSD down your throat. You’re obviously incapable of rational thought on your own…. quite a characteristic of the leftist freaks.

        Have a nice day, loser, and remain oblivious!

        “The difference between being stupid and being a fool: A stupid person at least has an idea about their own inadequacies. The fool is oblivious to them, and is more inclined to believe their own fantasies and lies as truth.” – ObozoMustGo

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  • onedonewong

    The also teach that obama is a citizen, that obama loves this country and that obama isn’t a mooslim

    • Justin Napolitano

      fux you dumb fool.

    • ObozoMustGo

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      Now THAT was funny. Thanks for the laugh buddy!

      Have nice day!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/K3SMMSC4OII4FZIFNWTMAS3IT4 Durdy

    Don’t you people get it? This is exactly how their dumbing our new generation down. Tell them this crap, say it enough times to put your point across.. Make them believe it then they’ll be conditioned to believe everything.. Such as “Hitler was misunderstood” and “War is fun”..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Esha-Smitts/100000628502865 Esha Smitts

    This is so sad. It’s the nation has tried to take 2 steps forward and Louisiana takes 5 steps back.

  • Michael Fusilier

    While all of these things are amazingly ridiculous, there are also problems with the premise of the post. The books mentioned are not used by the majority of religious schools. They are generally used by evangelicals and home-schoolers, while Louisiana ‘s private schools are overwhelmingly Catholic, not evangelical. A voucher program would funnel very, very little money to institutions which support these types of teachings.

  • Acordaro1990

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. I grew up in Shreveport and went to public elementary school there, I went to public middle school in Baton Rouge, and I went to public high school in Shreveport. Never have I ever even heard of any of my peers or siblings being taught this garbage. I certainly have never been taught this. Of course, this is nationalmemo. You people come here to reinforce your steriotypes, not to actually learn anything.

  • Acordaro1990

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever seen. I grew up in Shreveport and went to public elementary school there, I went to public middle school in Baton Rouge, and I went to public high school in Shreveport. Never have I ever even heard of any of my peers or siblings being taught this garbage. I certainly have never been taught this. Of course, this is nationalmemo. You people come here to reinforce your steriotypes, not to actually learn anything.
    FYI…The Grapes of Wrath was required reading my junior year, my teacher loved Steinbeck as do I. In AP American History we made fun of the KKK and their “Grand Cyclops” or “Grand Dragon”…I can’t say the loch ness monster ever even came up. We talked about Africa but the communist regimes were only one part of a complex and disturbing study on Africa.

    • d clark

      Please read the article my benighted ones of the bayou. It said the voucher money goes to private “institutions” who teach this drivel. And I assure you they say all these things (and more). My own perusals have left me ill at times.

    • coradon1

      Obviously your literacy and comprehension skills suck or you might have read where it said PRIVATE schools are teaching this. I swear, more and more idiots showing up on these boards.

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  • thewarning

    Slide #7 should be handled better. It’s not the communism claim that’s the biggest lie, it’s the 10% literacy claim. Nowhere in the world is literacy below 20%; in Subsaharan Africa it is about 2/3, and in Africa overall it is significantly higher.

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  • Ryan Lockwood

    Such ridiculous lies…as a one who grew up in Louisiana (graduated high school in 2006), we were never taught any of these things. This is only about the third article I’ve ever read on the national memo…and apparently all they try to do is bash certain states and/or beliefs.

    • d clark

      Please read the article my benighted ones of the bayou. It said the voucher money goes to private “institutions” who teach this drivel. And I assure you they say all these things (and more). My own perusals have left me ill at times and queasy to boot.

  • twiz1

    This story is a load…well you know what. The author is misleading because IN THEORY someone could take their voucher and with the funds send their kid to a crazy person school. Which ironically may be no worse than the new educational standards set out by the federal government recently…but I digress. In any event none of the normal schools (public, private or parochial) teach any of the stuff this guy is talking about. What he SHOULD have been talking about is why 40% of Louisiana public schools rated a D or an F as a school. Vouchers as an idea are arguably good or bad…but to sit by while unmotivated and in many cases simply bad teachers skate by on tenure is despicable. Sorry little Johnny, you can’t have a good education because your mommy and daddy can’t afford good schools. I’d rather have my kid go to a school that says the Loch Ness monster is real…as long as my kid can read, write, add and subtract…something many Louisiana public school children CANNOT do even AFTER they “graduate”. .

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