American taxpayers are supporting more and more private faith-based schools, including anti-science creationist curricula, whether you like it or not.
Consider this, from an article draft that I am currently writing with Sir Harold Kroto:
From 1980 to 2001, the opening of private schools outpaced public schools by nearly two to one (15,131 vs. 8,130). During the same period, the number of private schools increased by 73% whereas the number of public schools only increased by 9%. Current data show that about two out of five schools are private, compared to one out of four in 1980. Three out of four private schools are faith-based and they serve more than 6 million children.
From a post by Rachel Tabachnick:
…the state of Pennsylvania and its Education Improvement Tax Credit program or EITC, the oldest and second largest corporate tax credit program in the country. Pennsylvania was the site of Kitzmiller v. Dover, which unfolded in 2005 in the full glare of the press. Meanwhile an end run has been made around this case and other well-publicized battles over curriculum. The EITC program, with little press or controversy, is providing taxpayer funding for private schools that have no accountability to the public whatsoever. Taxes of all types owed by businesses to the state, are diverted to “scholarships” for private schools. In Florida, the largest of these programs, over 80% of the students subsidized by tax credits are attending religious schools, many of them using fundamentalist curricula.
This 5 3/4 minute video is a preview of the 34-minute video “School Choice: Taxpayer-Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias.”
“School choice” programs are diverting taxpayer funds to private schools that teach young earth creationism, hostility toward other religions and other sectors of Christianity, and a version of history that is biased and often factually incorrect.
I would like to thank Chris Rodda, author of Liars For Jesus: The Religious Right’s Alternate Version of American History, for bringing this video to my attention:
This is a preview of a must see video by two of my friends and Talk2Action colleagues. You ain’t gonna believe what they found being taught in taxpayer funded schools!
What can be done to stop such madness?