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Oh, Texas!

Those rascals in Texas are at it again, determined to give their children the kind of education that has very little to do with learning anything with any basis in reality.

The Curmudgeon has written before about public education in Texas, so not to beat a dead horse – well, actually, he’d like to beat this particular dead horse a little more, just because it’s so damned entertaining – but there’s always something new to delight and appall.

Consider this:  according to one of The Curmudgeon’s favorite magazines, Mother Jones,

In Texas public schools, children learn that the Bible provides scientific proof that Earth is 6,000 years old, that the origins of racial diversity trace back to a curse placed on Noah’s son, and that astronauts have discovered “a day missing in space” that corroborates biblical stories of the sun standing still.

And there’s more.  In a suburban Houston school district, they teach that the bible was written under god’s direction; in Brenham, a central Texas school district, they teach that “Christ’s resurrection was an event that occurred in time and space—that it was, in reality, historical and not mythological.” (emphasis in original); and in Amarillo, they teach their young’uns that “it’s possible to identify which of Noah’s three sons begat various racial and ethnic groups.”

All this and more can be found in the Texas Freedom Network report “Reading, Writing and Religion II,” which you can find here.