When public-school students enrolled in Texas’ largest charter program open their biology workbooks, they will read that the fossil record is “sketchy.” That evolution is “dogma” and an “unproved theory” with no experimental basis. They will be told that leading scientists dispute the mechanisms of evolution and the age of the Earth. These are all lies.

The more than 17,000 students in the Responsive Education Solutions charter system will learn in their history classes that some residents of the Philippines were “pagans in various levels of civilization.” They’ll read in a history textbook that feminism forced women to turn to the government as a “surrogate husband.”

Responsive Ed has a secular veneer and is funded by public money, but it has been connected from its inception to the creationist movement and to far-right fundamentalists who seek to undermine the separation of church and state.

Infiltrating and subverting the charter-school movement has allowed Responsive Ed to carry out its religious agenda—and it is succeeding. Operating more than 65 campuses in Texas, Arkansas, and Indiana, Responsive Ed receives more than $82 million in taxpayer money annually, and it is expanding, with 20 more Texas campuses opening in 2014.

  1. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    Say Liberty Lover–I admire any/every parent that takes a hand in their kiddies education. I know that you continue that involvement at home. Your tussle with Dallas is a bit vague though. Its ambiguous but I take it that your kiddies get a strong science curriculum? Your child, in your school, at your time and place? THAT anecdotal experience does not negate at all the OP.

    Assuming IStem is the same as Responsive Ed, did you review the texts used specifically on the subjects of evolution?

    You might be surprised…. and happy your kiddies had your help to avoid that nonsense? Or do you have, unbeknownst to yourself, a little nest of budding born agains???

    Ha, ha. One of the biggest tragedies I can imagine: Ted Turner waking up to Jane Fonda turning religious. Actually makes me feel sorry for him.

  2. bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

    Speaking of Beautiful Jane, this is about the best 10 minutes of video you can likely view, and yet for me with my positions firmly implanted now in hardening concrete, even THE BEST of Sam Harris is getting a bit worn………and yet idiots, not just that feel good idiot Indian guy (have you seen his son picking up the same BS?==ha, ha, the rotten seen doesn’t fall far from the rotten apple), still maintain faith against all reason.

    The very first 2.5 min is the best of the batch.

  3. Mr Ed says:

    Of course, I saw a dinosaur yesterday! Oh wait, that was Chris Christie…

  4. Hmeyers says:

    God created evolution to enact his changes.

    Furthermore, God wanted us to discover this via science.

  5. The Wrong Guy says:

    The irony of the comments on this post is that so many are able to use exceptional critical thinking skills to deconstruct and point out how bogus so many things in our daily lives are, but are utterly unable to do the same to religion. That they accept at face value, even if, like the creationists, have to invent twisty-turny reasons for why things are what they are, is so sad. Guess the concept of Occam’s Razor is completely lost on them.

    • Dallas says:

      True! Trying to rationalize with the irrational is futile but often a mere entertainment option!

    • bobbo, we think with words, and flower with ideas says:

      Ocams razor got nuttin’ to do wid it.

  6. God bless America, where we have the freedom to raise our children to have minds enslaved by the baseless superstitions of yore.

  7. Yippie Yi Yo Kayah says:

    Well, on the bright side this should alleviate any threat of a shortage of dumb ass Texans for the foreseeable future.