Pharyngula

Remember the good old days, when you could always trust a creationist to claim their theory was not religious, and then they’d turn around and neatly undermine their own claims for you? Think Bill Buckingham at the Dover trial, who completely won the case for the good guys by saying a lot of stupid stuff.

Wait, good old days? I think I meant now.

The Louisville Area Christian Educator Support (LACES) organization had a conference, where Bryce Hibbard, principal of Southern High School (a public school!) was one of the speakers. He first tries to claim that teaching creationism in the school was perfectly legitimate.

Hibbard and other speakers told the teachers present that it was perfectly acceptable under Kentucky law to teach biblical creationism in addition to evolution in science classes, and he suggested future meetings with biology teachers to craft curriculum.

“I taught biology for 20 years in this state and didn’t know that if evolution is part of the curriculum, that I could have been teaching creation,” Hibbard said. “I thought I was sneaky if I had the kids … present it. So it was presented in my classroom by the kids, but I could have been doing it and didn’t know that.”

So not only does he think it’s OK to teach creationism in science class, but confesses that he’s spent 20 years intentionally subverting the law.

But look what else this same guy said at the same conference:

Addressing a common theme of the night — the kids who aren’t taken to church, and therefore “have no hope” — Hibbard told the crowd they should be missionaries to students, planting the seed of Christ.

“We’re in the greatest mission field,” Hibbard said. “At one point I was told, ‘You should be a youth minister,’ and someone said, ‘No, you’re in the greatest mission field there is, stay in the public school.’”

Huh. Teachers and administrators in a public school who regard their students as targets for evangelical conversion. That sounds illegal, unconstitutional, and a violation of the public trust to me. Can we have him arrested, or fired at least? Anyone out there a victim of the shitty education provided by Southern High School want to bring a case against this goober?

There’s more.

When asked if such biblical lessons in science class — taking time away from learning actual science — would stunt the academic growth of students, Hibbard replied that it would not, as creationism is “just another theory.”

“Certainly, that’s what (creationism) is,” Hibbard said. “A theory is a scientific understanding of what we know today. So evolution is a theory. Creation is a theory. Intelligent design is a theory. The theory of relativity is a theory. Yeah.”

This incompetent was teaching biology? For shame.

Comments

  1. #1 Marey
    Hell otherwise known as Texas
    May 15, 2013

    Somehow, thru out the years, I’ve picked up the idea that many schools will let whom they hire teach any class at all regardless of their credentials. Is this doofus also the coach? He probably just filled the position years ago when they lost the regular science teacher and has winged it from there. Education is a concept lost on many administrations

  2. #2 Teacher
    May 16, 2013

    Anonymously, as a teacher at Southern High School, I can tell you that many of us are dumbfounded, appalled, and furious. And, I can also tell you that our science teachers do not teach creationsism.

  3. #3 BG
    May 17, 2013

    Some schools are really that hard up for teachers.

  4. #4 JR
    UK
    May 18, 2013

    “Hibbard told the crowd they should be missionaries to students, planting the seed of Christ.”

    More like predatory brainwashers, planting the poison of religion in impressionable minds. Christ is a weed that needs to be pulled up the roots and burned.

  5. #5 Davis
    Maryland
    May 18, 2013

    He’s lying. He really doesn’t think that creationism is “just a theory”. He believes it is absolute truth.

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