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Slate: Mapping publicly funded schools authorized to teach creation

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 27, 2014 | 9:39 pm

I've written before about Tennessee's "teach the controversy" law that allows public school teachers to teach alternatives alongside evolution. (It's horrible science, but I didn't think that law was unconstitutional.) Louisiana has a similar law, and Texas charter schools also teach creationism.

Slate offered an interactive map today that plots the publicly funded schools that are authorized by state law to teach creation as science. The map also includes private schools that accept tax-funded vouchers and scholarships.

One misleading aspect of the map, though, is that it makes Tennessee and Louisiana look like they have every science teacher teaching creation, when in fact the numbers are likely small. Whereas for the Texas charter schools and private schools in other states, including Arizona, Florida, and D.C., the map identifies only those schools using a creation curricula, for Tennessee and Louisianai it lists public schools "where state law permits creationist instruction."

Anyway, check out the map here.

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