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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: 3, Informative) by tathra on Friday July 04 2014, @04:19PM

    by tathra (3367) on Friday July 04 2014, @04:19PM (#64221)

    i do like that even better. it fits closer to what our country was supposed to be anyway, a union of different states (countries) loosely united under a single flag, but each basically their own separate entity.

    unfortunately, even under that ideal, we still couldnt allow obviously inhumane or unconstitutional things happen within the union, so stuff like the state endorsing a single religion or persecution of people just because they're different still wouldnt be tolerated. any states wishing to pull that shit would have to sucede, and then they'd probably just be taken over by force. :\

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  • (Score: 2) by Grishnakh on Monday July 07 2014, @06:05PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Monday July 07 2014, @06:05PM (#65385)

    we still couldnt allow obviously inhumane or unconstitutional things happen within the union

    But we already do all kinds of inhumane and unconstitutional things, and the federalists love it. The Drug War is a prime example of this; how many people have had their lives ruined by it? Illegal (anti-4A) searches, supporting the prison-industrial complex, making countless people unemployable with criminal records for nonviolent crimes, etc. It took a couple of renegade western states (CO, WA) to legalize MJ and show the positive effects. If we had listened to the federalists (who liberals tend to side with), that would never have happened.

    I fail to see how endorsing a single religion is worse than the damage caused by the War on Drugs.

    and then they'd probably just be taken over by force. :\

    So we can continue to oppress them with Drug War policies?