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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 Marand on Friday July 04 2014, @07:54AM

    by Marand (1081) on Friday July 04 2014, @07:54AM (#64031) Journal

    ... of the level of intellect in the former Confederacy. It is once again more evidence that I am right to feel contempt for that part of the U.S. It seems to be more of a foreign country than Canada far too often.

    Is this supposed to be ironic? Some sort of joke? Your response to a blanket condemnation of others with an "us vs them" mentality is to condemn an entire group of humans for the opinions of a portion of its population, perpetuating your own "us vs them" bullshit in the process. Good job there.

    You should look inward before saying things like you did here, because fighting ignorance with more ignorance doesn't make you sound smart.

    This might be news to you, but you can find this same sort of crap outside of the South, too. It's amazing how similar rural New York or Pennsylvania can be to, say, Kentucky or Georgia; the accents change, but the xenophobia, distrust, and general close-mindedness can be the same. Some areas turn into echo chambers that create the tripe that shows up in articles like this, but there are more factors involved than "it's the south, lol".

    I've moved a lot and lived in a lot of places along the east coast -- from the south to the northeast, though I've spent more time in the northeast -- and you can find the good and the bad in any of them. Region doesn't matter nearly as much as other factors, such as how rural a place is, or how prevalent differing cultures or lifestyles are.

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