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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 hoochiecoochieman on Friday July 04 2014, @10:21AM

    by hoochiecoochieman (4158) on Friday July 04 2014, @10:21AM (#64072)

    Nobody should be ashamed for publicly exposing a liar.

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  • (Score: 1) by gargoyle on Friday July 04 2014, @10:28AM

    by gargoyle (1791) on Friday July 04 2014, @10:28AM (#64074)

    And I clearly never said they should be.

  • (Score: 2) by unitron on Saturday July 05 2014, @05:21PM

    by unitron (70) on Saturday July 05 2014, @05:21PM (#64581) Journal

    If that preacher actually believed what he was saying to be true, then he wasn't, technically, lying.

    And I'm sure that he wouldn't have had a problem finding an article somewhere that said a computer program proved the single authorship, which he was foolish enough to believe.

    There are articles all over the place saying almost anything and everything.

    This was even true before the internet came along.

    There may not actually be any intentional lying going on at all, just a program that doesn't really do what its author thinks it does but instead gives the results which were desired all along.

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