Governor Jindal Defends Creationism in Public Schools

In an interview with NBC’s Hoda Kotb at the ‘Education Nation’ event in New Orleans this past Friday, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal defended his voucher program, which was deemed unconstitutional and now awaits the determination of the Louisiana Supreme Court. But he was asked whether Creationism should be taught in public schools, and after a little bit of dodging, The Governor answered in the affirmative, essentially saying, “sure, let’s give our kids the tools and critical thinking skills, not only in science, but as they learn about these controversial issues like global warming, er, climate change… other issues…”

Issues… like, facts, history, and reality.

He added,

“What are we scared of…?”

Yeah, you’re not chicken, are you? I think we just got bullied and peer-pressured by Bobby Jindal. Fear not, though, because God is not at all wrathful or punishing.

Of course Governor Jindal supports teaching Creationism in public schools, he signed the “Louisiana Science Education Act!” intended to:

“Foster an environment promoting open and objective discussion of scientific theories being studied, including evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”

Great name for an act that does the opposite of what it implies, by the way. Who among you can argue against the need for science education for our children. And the future?

Since taking office in 2008, Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed off on over $650 million in cuts to higher education, while “Louisiana had the second steepest decline in per-pupil spending, paying $4, 715 less this year than in 2008.”

Cutting education while raising tuition costs? God’s plan! Look it up.

When you’re challenging the science behind evolution and climate change with Bible passages, you are “critically thinking,” according to Bobby Jindal. Objecting to the causes of climate change by saying, “the Bible teaches us that the ‘great floods’ are all part of God’s plan!” is what Republicans refer to as, “both sides of the climate change debate.”

If the intention is to teach critical thinking in public schools by debating whether or not “God hates fags,” Republicans and Bobby Jindal are sending their kids out into the marketplace of ideas to get crushed. That is, until there’s enough of this publicly-funded critical thinking to alter the marketplace of ideas.

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  • muselet

    Bobby Jindal is quite a piece of work, isn’t he?

    In Louisiana, he said, roughly 5,000 students are now “getting better academic results” at a savings to the taxpayer. The average voucher scholarship uses $5,300 of public money, compared with the $8,500 state and local per-pupil allotment for a child in public school.

    So the state takes kids from under-resourced schools and gives them a voucher for even less to take to a private school. What could possibly go wrong?

    Jindal also said he has no problem with creationism being taught in public schools as long as a local school board OK’s it.

    “As long as a local school board OK’s it.” Because there’s no one better equipped to evaluate appropriate science education than a local school board member.

    Since the state is committed to national academic standards, he said, as long as schools are teaching evolution they should be allowed to teach other theories as well. “What are we scared of?” he said. “Let (students) debate and learn … give them critical thinking skills.”

    Uh-huh. There is less consensus among actual working scientists about the nature of physics (of the high-energy, or particle, variety) than about evolution. That would appear to be a more fruitful area for teaching alternative theories and allowing kids to develop critical thinking skills. Gee, I wonder why Jindal isn’t calling for teachers to present alternatives to the Higgs boson?

    Every time a Righty says schools should “teach the controversy,” an angel gets kicked in the goolies. As should the Righty.

    –alopecia

    • trgahan

      The 5,000 students were probably upper middle class kids whose families didn’t want to/or couldn’t quite afford to pay for a private school until this wealthy person subsidy was passed. No one who couldn’t already pay 1/2 of yearly private school tuition would be able send their kid any real private school with just $5,300 a year.

      As for local school boards, the fox has long been in the hen house. The right has intentionally targeted school board elections to place “free market/Creationist/ abstinence only” operatives whose job is to destroy the system from within.