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posted by n1 on Friday July 04 2014, @02:11AM   Printer-friendly
from the certified-misinformation dept.

The young journalists at The Southerner, the student newspaper at Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia, recently broke the news that creationism and other Christian religious views are incorporated into the Biology curriculum used by the City of Atlanta Public Schools.

A PowerPoint shown to a freshman biology class featured a cartoon depicting dueling castles, one labeled "Creation (Christ)" and the other labeled "Evolution (Satan)." Balloons attached to the evolution castle were labeled euthanasia, homosexuality, pornography, divorce, racism and abortion

The PowerPoint, which has more than 50 slides largely consisting of material about evolution, was downloaded from SharePoint, an APS file-sharing database for teachers. It was uploaded by Mary E. King, a project manager at APS who has also uploaded more than 2,000 other documents. Phone calls and emails to King have not been returned. Tommy Molden, science coordinator for APS, also did not respond to requests for comment.

Students were offended by the cartoon:

"[I] have gay parents, and [the cartoon] said that evolution caused homosexuality and it implied that to be negative, so I was pretty offended by it," [freshman Seraphina Cooley] said.

Cooley said that another student emailed the administration complaining about the PowerPoint.

Freshman Griffin Ricker, who is also in Jones' class, said [Biology class teacher Anquinette Jones] got angry with the class when she found out students had notified the administration.

"She had a 10-minute rant," Ricker said. "She yelled and said, 'This is on the APS website, and it was certified.'"

In case of soylentnewsing, the student reporting is also posted on a local Atlanta newspaper blog.

 
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  • (Score: 2) by mendax on Friday July 04 2014, @07:27AM

    by mendax (2840) on Friday July 04 2014, @07:27AM (#64024)

    Evolution can equal Satan if you consider my cat.

    Somehow, evolution started a process whereby African wild cats and perhaps the desert sand cat chose to domesticate themselves and start owning humans. Several thousand years later evolution produced my evil black cat. She's is the embodiment of Satan and I have the scratches to prove it. Pet her with care.

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  • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Friday July 04 2014, @08:10AM

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Friday July 04 2014, @08:10AM (#64037)

    All cats are evil incarnate. That's why we love 'em!

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  • (Score: 2) by monster on Friday July 04 2014, @02:13PM

    by monster (1260) on Friday July 04 2014, @02:13PM (#64158) Journal

    Have you tried to confront her? (with protective gear, of course) ;D