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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 Tork on Friday July 04 2014, @07:32PM

    by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Friday July 04 2014, @07:32PM (#64289)
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  • (Score: 1) by RobotLove on Monday July 07 2014, @06:06PM

    by RobotLove (3304) on Monday July 07 2014, @06:06PM (#65387)

    I don't like the word "believe". I think the evidence suggests aliens are probable.

    • (Score: 2) by Tork on Monday July 07 2014, @06:18PM

      by Tork (3914) Subscriber Badge on Monday July 07 2014, @06:18PM (#65390)
      Ah, so you've seen some evidence of their existence. A footprint maybe?
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      • (Score: 1) by RobotLove on Monday July 07 2014, @06:30PM

        by RobotLove (3304) on Monday July 07 2014, @06:30PM (#65395)

        I have not seen any footprints. :) I should have used the word "probability" instead of evidence. The evidence for how many stars are in our universe, and how many of those stars have planets, and how many might be suitable for life leads me to think the probability for life existing somewhere else is greater than 0.