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  we don't need no education

Taxpayers Funding Creationism With Vouchers? The Deuce You Say!

In today’s edition of Stuff What You Done Knew, Politico reports that taxpayer funds are going to pay for religious instruction in the form of creationist/intelligent design curricula in private schools, thanks to voucher programs. Nobody could have seen THAT coming, with maybe the exception of everybody. And with more and more states looking forward to “improving” education by expanding the use of vouchers, the $1 billion that taxpayers are already paying for private school tuition vouchers is only going to grow. And a lot of those schools teach that the earth is 6000 years old, that there was s worldwide flood survived by Noah and all the animals in a big hand-built boat, and that science is just a plot by people who hate God. And there’s a hell of a catch, maybe the best there is: Decades of litigation have established that public schools cannot teach creationism or intelligent design. But private schools receiving public subsidies can — and do. Imagine that! Read more on Taxpayers Funding Creationism With Vouchers? The Deuce You Say!…
  nobody knows the troubles i've seen

Peggy Noonan Is So Sad Government She’s Been Working Her Whole Career To Break Is Now Broken

A new week broke in New York, but for Peggy Noonan, the depression that had invaded her soul like a column of Norman knights landing at Waterford kept her sluggish and listless as she moped about her chastely appointed apartment safe above the teeming hordes of Manhattan. Perhaps it was the long and brutal winter that had caused Hippocrates’s black bile to snuggle itself around her heart like a highly polished brown cordovan around the foot of history’s greatest president. Perhaps it was the encroaching doom she sensed coming at her from the city’s new Communist mayor ensconced in the Politburo in City Hall Park, where he was consolidating his power and plotting the destruction of New York’s better (and, needless to say, wealthier) citizens. Everywhere she rambled in the apartment she felt small, insignificant, alone. Even the portrait of Robert Taft had gone silent, refusing to share its advice for the Tea Party about how to play nice with others or what could be done about the Blackamoor who still occupied her beloved Ronnie’s old house down in the nation’s capital. Speaking of the brutish and arrogant tyrant, he would be giving his yearly State of the Union on Tuesday, a spectacle Peggy had been dreading for days. She supposed she would tune in and watch anyway. After all, her snippy little broadsides at the man were what kept the mortgage paid and the liquor cabinet stocked. Read more on Peggy Noonan Is So Sad Government She’s Been Working Her Whole Career To Break Is Now Broken…
  your tax dollars at work

In North Carolina, Home Schools Can Get Taxpayers’ Hard-Earned Tax Dollars For Jesus

Here’s a fun one for you separation of church and state folks (remember, “It’s not in the Constitution!”): In North Carolina, the state’s exciting new voucher plan pays public money to private schools, just like in Louisiana. Even better, because the state regulates “private schools” so loosely, a chunk of that voucher money, at $4200 per student per year, will end up going to what anyone would call home schools as well. For instance, that photo up there is Paramount Christian Academy in Thomasville, NC. It used to be housed in a Baptist church where it had 15 students and three teachers; now it’s in the home of its one remaining teacher, Carol Miller, who teaches her granddaughter and two other kids, one of whom has special needs. Paramount Christian Academy is still on the state’s official list of recognized private schools, so it could conceivably qualify for vouchers, too. It is a “recognized private school” with three students. And North Carolina has one person who does site visits to the state’s 700 private schools. It’s that kind of freedom that’s sure to provide the best results for the state’s education dollars. Read more on In North Carolina, Home Schools Can Get Taxpayers’ Hard-Earned Tax Dollars For Jesus…
  We Can Beat Them Forever And Ever

Here’s A Surprise: School Vouchers Help Spread Creationism

Just in case anyone was worried that American schools were sinking into a morass of Creationism and Stupid (ah, but we repeat ourselves), the bad news is, well, they kind of are. But the good news is that there are some pretty awesome young people who refuse to sit back and let it happen, like hero Rhode Island teen Jessica Ahlquist, who successfully sued her Rhode Island high school to get a an official “school prayer” banner removed from the gym last year. Or how about today’s hero, 19 year old Zack Kopplin, a Louisiana student who has been fighting since 2008 to repeal the “Louisiana Science Education Act,” which did for science education what Dubya’s “Clear Skies Initiative” did for clear skies. The law allowed teachers to “bring in their own supplemental materials when discussing politically controversial topics like evolution or climate change.” Many teachers believed the law gave them free rein to throw out actual science textbooks and replace them with overtly creationist materials, but Kopplin, then just 17, helped rally opposition, and while the dumb law remained in place, Lousisana at least adopted science textbooks that taught actual science. Now, Kopplin is a student at Rice University and is raising hell against school voucher laws, which funnel public money to private schools that teach religious doctrine, including, of course creationism. Read more on Here’s A Surprise: School Vouchers Help Spread Creationism…
  Where is it in the Constitution huh?

You Got Your Government In My God: The Year In Churchstate

Congratulations, U.S. America and such as! You have survived yet another calendar year without the establishment of a theocracy or the utter banishment of religious faith! It was a year in which the most momentous SCOTUS decision on church and state was a fairly narrow (and stupid) ruling that allows churches to ignore fair employment practices as long as the employee is a “minister” of some sort — which certainly sucks if you teach at a church school, and like everything out of the Roberts court, keeps narrowing who can sue for employment issues, but doesn’t exactly reshape the basic church/state relationship in a fundamental way. Which is not to say that there weren’t plenty of attempts to tear down that wall of separation, deny it exists at all, or claim that the Atheist Muslim Secularist in the White House wants to put all Christians in a gulag. And so, let us review just a few of 2012’s finer religio-political collisions. A caveat: We won’t have much of anything to say about Mitt Romney’s Mormonosity, because really, how many magic underwear jokes does the world need? Read more on You Got Your Government In My God: The Year In Churchstate…
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Louisiana Thinks Funding School Run By ‘Apostle And Prophet’ Is Somehow Constitutional

Louisiana’s exciting experiment in public-school vouchers is steaming forward, providing parents and children with educational excellence and traditional values, hooray! But that’s not all! It’s also an excellent lesson in how the free market can improve education, by taking taxpayer funds from the wasteful public schools and handing it to efficient private schools run by religious loons, just the way Real America wants. Among the 119 voucher schools approved so far is New Orleans’ Light City Christian Academy, founded and run by Apostle Leonard Lucas. The state’s voucher program will be sending this gentleman, who “walks in the fullness of his calling and wears the mantle of an Apostle and Prophet,” some $364,000 to educate 80 students. You know it’s a good school because it has an educational philosophy and everything! Read more on Louisiana Thinks Funding School Run By ‘Apostle And Prophet’ Is Somehow Constitutional…
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Things You Can Learn In A Christian High School Textbook, For Real (Part I)

As we all know by now, Louisiana is experimenting with freeing their children from the tyranny of the Government Schools, and will soon, maybe, start spending public school funds on vouchers for kids to attend any private school their parents want (unless it’s an Islammy school, of course). And as we also all know, this will open the door to public funds being spent on some rather innovative “science” curricula. The hippie freaks at Mother Jones ran a fine story detailing some of the fun stuff to be found in textbooks published for the Christian School and homeschool market. Sure, the Earth is 6000 years old and The Flintstones is biologically accurate, but that’s old hat. Let’s get beyond Creationism and see how Christianists teach other subjects! For instance, early 20th-Century history: “[The Ku Klux] Klan in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians.” — United States History for Christian Schools, 3rd ed., Bob Jones University Press, 2001 Read more on Things You Can Learn In A Christian High School Textbook, For Real (Part I)…
 

Daily Briefing: Venting Ahead

• White House shuffles list of possible successors to Sandra Day O’Connor; intention is to find nominee who will survive confirmation fight. Specter: “I think that there’s been a lot frustration on this one, and it’s been commented upon very broadly and I think that frustration may well be vented on the next nominee.” [NYT] • Administration’s former lead federal procurement official arrested for allegedly lying and obstructing the investigation of Jack Abramoff. [WP, NYT] • Administration’s nominee to head the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency is faulted for having nominal experience. [WP] • Domestic Security Advisor Frances Townsend will oversee the White House inquiry of the administration’s response to Katrina. [NYT] • Al Qaeda takes credit for London bombings. Zawahri: “The blessed London attack was one which al Qaeda was honored to launch against the British Crusader’s arrogance and against the American Crusader aggression on the Islamic nation for 100 years.” [WP] • Approval of Bush remains at 40% in USAT/Gallup poll; a record 66% of independents disapprove. [USAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: Venting Ahead…