Oftentimes, we find ourselves marveling at the ignorant mass of moronic mumbling misogynists that is the Tea Party. How did a group of people “evolve” into a science-denying mass of holier-than-though, bigoted idiots? What could be responsible for such ignorance?
As Bible-thumping home schooling advocates (you know, to avoid indoctrination *cough*), the Tea Party pushes programs like we find in Accelerated Christian Education’s programs. ACE is a self-paced curriculum that seeks to both challenge students’ critical thinking skills and create productive, rational members of society. Okay, that was a blatant lie. This abomination is used both in home schooling and in private schools. Learning caters to the lowest common denominator, by progressing through PACE “packets” at whatever rate is comfortable for the student. In theory, this ensures mastery of subject matter–but the subject matter can be downright scary!
ACE’s web site says that “Its philosophy is built on basic principles of the Word of God. Students are taught to see life from God’s point of view, to take responsibility for their own learning, and to walk in Godly wisdom and character. Accelerated Christian Education® is not just a publisher but a comprehensive Bible-based program that serves both the campus-based school and the homeschool.” ACE describes its curriculum as “challenging and highly effective.”
ACE has made headlines in the past with its claim that the Loch Ness monster disproves evolution. Other “highly effective” material teaches that solar fusion is a myth. ACE’s curriculum is chock-full of other useful information–like evolution has been unproven. In Science 1107 (turn your books to page 24, kids!) we learn that:
[box type=”shadow”] “No branch of true science would make these kind of impossible claims without proof. Because evolutionists do not want to believe the only alternative – that the universe was created by God – they declare evolution is a fact and believe its impossible claims without any scientific proof!”[/box]
ACE also pushes a discredited myth that whalers found a decomposing DINOSAUR…in 1979. In fact, on the very same page the “Loch Ness monster disproves evolution” nonsense is pushed, we are told that:
[box type=”shadow”] “A Japanese fishing vessel brought up the decomposing body of a dinosaurlike [sic] sea creature off the coast of New Zealand. Caught at a depth of 900 feet, the creature weight 4,000 pounds, measured 32 feet in length, and was seen and photgraphed by the crew members. The animal could not be matched with any living species but certainly resembles a supposedly extinct species of dinosaur.“[/box]
It comes complete with picture:
In reality, scientific evidence was produced in NINETEEN SEVENTY-NINE that this was a decaying Basking shark. The story about the “dinosaur” was added to ACE’s curriculum, with the above quote, in 1989–a full decade after the hoax was exposed.
Of course, ACE’s comprehensive ignorance-fest would not be complete without claiming that homosexuality is unnatural and those evil gays should be killed. Oh, and it’s just like murder and theft because God did not condemn people for “normal” actions…or…something.
[box type=”shadow”] “Because extensive tests have shown that there is no biological difference between homosexuals and others, these tests seem to prove that homosexuality is a learned behaviour. The Bible teaches that homosexuality is sin. In Old Testament times, God commanded that homosexuals be put to death. Since God never commanded death for normal or acceptable actions, it is as unreasonable to say that homosexuality is normal as it is to say that murder or stealing is normal.”[/box]
Now that we have an understanding of their totally awesome Bible-based curriculum, let’s take a look at some of the challenging material that ACE provides to students.
The following questions are intended for 4th graders.
Well, it must get better as time goes on, right? Surely they seek to challenge children more as they get older! Maybe they have better material for 7th graders. Surely God doesn’t want them living life knowing only that wisdom is not “tasty milk!”:
Well, then…perhaps the children just need a little time. Maybe by high school level, there will be some focus on really driving home an intensive campaign of intellectual edification:
Interestingly, there is no correct answer for one of the questions above. Can you spot it? Please note the effort to associate Hitler and Darwin. At this point in a child’s education it moves from ideological nonsense to ideological ignorance.
This curriculum is accredited by the MSA-CESS, and is used in taxpayer funded voucher programs in eleven states.
The next time you wonder why a conservative thinks that Adolf Hitler wrote “The Origin of Species [sic]” in order to teach people to be gay–please note the information contained herein.
We as a nation need to focus not only on the declining standards in public schools, but on the lack of standards in private schools. This is why strict educational guidelines are important in America. When ideology replaces education almost completely, all who choose to be involved in such an endeavor do their part, bit by bit, generation by generation, to destroy everything that is great about America. What good is the concept of American exceptionalism when we’re breeding masses of misinformed morons who can’t figure out how to work a toaster because those who were entrusted with their education failed them on each and every level.
When we allow fundamentalists to determine what they teach children, we end up with this: