Creationism revealed in Louisiana schools, continued

06.02.2015

"We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the student will present." So wrote a Louisiana science teacher to her principal, as quoted by Zack Kopplin, writing in Slate (June 2, 2015).

In his article, Kopplin continued his presentation of evidence that the teaching of creationism is prevalent in Louisiana's public schools. As in his earlier article for Slate (April 21, 2015), he relied on material obtained from various Louisiana school districts via public records requests.

NCSE's Josh Rosenau commented, "We know that one in eight high school biology teachers advocate for creationism, even though it's unconstitutional," but also suggested that the so-called Louisiana Science Education Act may have encouraged Louisiana's teachers to do so.

"Louisiana politicians have supported the Science Education Act because they intended it to allow creationism in the classroom," Kopplin observed, noting that the proponents of the bill in the legislature as well as the governor have conceded as much.

Welcoming the prospect of a lawsuit over the revelations produced by his public records requests, Kopplin concluded, "But for the moment, because Louisiana politicians refuse to take action, Louisiana students are reading Genesis in science class."