Comments on: Louisiana up to crazy anti science stuff. http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/07/22/louisiana-up-to-crazy-anti-science-stuff/ One atheist's thoughts on politics, religion, and philsophy Sat, 28 Mar 2015 21:28:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.3 By: Dylan Walker http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/07/22/louisiana-up-to-crazy-anti-science-stuff/#comment-108 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 19:00:57 +0000 http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/07/22/louisiana-up-to-crazy-anti-science-stuff/#comment-108 An interesting article I ran across showing that test scores specifically in Louisiana are actually lower with voucher children.

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2010/06/low-test-scores.html

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By: Dylan Walker http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/07/22/louisiana-up-to-crazy-anti-science-stuff/#comment-107 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 08:34:32 +0000 http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/07/22/louisiana-up-to-crazy-anti-science-stuff/#comment-107 Well since many of the schools in LA are explicitly teaching creationism in their classes I am rather skeptical that they are going to raise science scores, at least in Biology.

Unless you are arguing that we should be teaching creationism in classrooms? That teaching non-science in a science classroom is somehow magically increasing test scores?

I didn’t mention math (as far as I know fundamentalist Christian groups haven’t found a way to mess it up), but you know I did actually attend home school for several years so I have direct experience with some of the books being used by these schools in that area. Beka books are being used in some of them from what I have read, and those are pretty freaking bad when it comes to science. History has also been a point of revisionism of late too, and I remember those books being heavily biased as well. Most of the rest they usually do well on, but Science and history are kinda important.

There are several lists online of some of the schools in LA which will be getting funds in a few months if this stands, they aren’t exactly ivy league.

http://www.alternet.org/story/155802/5_ways_louisianas_new_voucher_program_spells_disaster_for_public_education?page=3

Of course, this still does not address the blatant church state violations which were the primary topic of my article. (So blatant even a Republican noticed, though for slightly biased reasons) I never once mentioned standardized test scores.

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By: thesnarkwhohuntsback http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/07/22/louisiana-up-to-crazy-anti-science-stuff/#comment-106 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 06:12:56 +0000 http://www.skeptimusprime.net/2012/07/22/louisiana-up-to-crazy-anti-science-stuff/#comment-106 Actually some of the most recent studies on Voucher programs (as well as private schools) RAISE test scores in Math, Science, and Reading.

But you know…go ahead and assume that Voucher programs lead to no one learning science or math…which studies did you base that on by the way?

Source- Education and Capitalism (great book, btw)

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