This mapmap is interesting because it shows where taxpayer money is used to fund schools that confuse creationism with science. The biggest offenders are just a couple of states, the same states where it’s okay to marry your first cousin or your siblings, I think.

It’s not so good that taxpayer money is used to mis-educate our kids. But look at all the areas of the country where this is not happening. I was surprised. It seems to be localized to one section of our nation. Maybe, save for Tennessee and Louisiana, we can consider this progress.







26 responses to “Progress

  1. I live in Florida, I’m actually a little surprised that there are so many schools doing that. But then again, most of my state is full of crazies and we do have a lot of gun-toting, god-fearing rednecks. Most people don’t realize how many rednecks are here. Good post, thanks for the info

  2. I was happily surprised that there were no dots in Alabama 🙂

  3. Unless your first cousin is the same sex as you. That’s still a no-no.

  4. The link between poverty and high levels of religiosity is well documented. In these places, religion is holding people back from reality (sex education reduces unwanted pregnancy and abortion, climate change, vaccinations, evolution, women and gays are people too).

    • @Patricia It was surprising to me that Mississippi and Alabama were not in the mix because they have high poverty, religiosity and teen pregnancy rates.

      • The other way to look at it is that Mississippi and Alabama don’t have to pass laws to teach creationism because it is so widely accepted there that the lawmakers don’t see a threat. At one of the best high schools in MS and in an AP biology course, my daughter was told by a PhD-holding teacher that “evolution and creationism are basically the same thing”. It would be a mistake to look at this map and think that only schools in Louisiana and Tennessee are part of the problem.

        • I have to concur here. I’ve noticed that people in MS would much rather operate according to custom rather than law. If they don’t need a law, they won’t pass one. As long as people don’t start demanding teachers leave creationism out of science and monitoring what is actually taught, there won’t be a push to legislate one way or another.

        • Absolutely, Patricia. But, these are the states, as you said, where it’s acceptable to teach creationism along with evolution. In other states, it’s not officially part of the curriculum, and at least, I think parents have some sort of recourse.

  5. I am having a bit hard time deciding whether the creationists are idiots or evil. Nothing even remotely positive anyway.
    It is sad that children are so blatantly lied to JUST to bolster religious agenda – the methods of the un-scientific side are so distant from the morality they preach that it is difficult to comprehend.

    Come to think of it, the creationists are most likely evil idiots. No sugar-coating necessary 🙂

  6. @Nicole You’re right–it is hard to out-xtian Texas! Apparently, they’re allowed to teach that evolution is just a belief, like religion. Students are also (Texas is, too) supposed to “critically” examine evolution.

    • Luckily my son gets to hear my husband and I constantly “critically” examine religion 😀 And thanks for the heads up. My son is young still and we are planning on sending him to public school.

  7. @Konsta, Their ignorance makes them dangerous….

  8. This article came to my attention a few days ago, and I was incensed. The US should be focused on improving our science and math scores, so that we can compete in the global economy – not teaching stone age mythology.

  9. I’m just thrilled that Texas didn’t have the most dots. 😉 Now, not only can we teach creationism as science, Algebra II is no longer a requirement. ‘Murica.

  10. I was surprised to see that the dots in Colorado are not in Colorado Springs, a hotbed of conservatism, but in Douglas County, which falls between Colo. Springs and Denver. Of course, I’d prefer no dots at all. Religion belongs in church, not in school. Maybe, if creationism is only mentioned in a History of Religion class or something similar, it would be okay. But if it crops up in a science class … not acceptable.

    • I agree, PiedType. It’s ok in current events or history class, but not in science. This chart shows the schools that allow creationism/ID to be taught along with evolution in science class.

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