Target: Orleans Parish School Board President Thomas Robichaux
Goal: Thank the New Orleans school board for prohibiting the teaching of creationism as an alternative to evolution
A school district in New Orleans recently voted to implement a new policy that prohibits schools in the district from teaching creationism in science and history classes. The ruling is partly a response to the school curriculum recently adopted by the state of Texas that includes inaccurate information about history and economics. The New Orleans district’s new policy specifically bans textbooks that conform to these misleading Texas standards, and those that teach creationism as a valid scientific theory.
In addition to setting restrictions on the content of textbooks, the new policy ensures that religious teachings are kept separate from other subjects by prohibiting teachers from including religion in science and history classes. Although the school board’s decision only affects a small number of schools, officials hope that the policy will encourage other Louisiana school districts to implement similar policies to make sure that students in the entire state receive the best possible education.
Conservatives on the Texas Board of Education suggested the new curriculum because of a perceived liberal bias in the current curriculum. The new standards revise historical facts and insert conservative viewpoints in their place. Instead of ensuring that students learn a balanced and realistic history of the United States, the policy attempts to portray the country in a positive light by distorting history and presenting conservatives ideals as facts.
The New Orleans school board members cite the Texas policy as motivation for implementing their own policy to prevent the Texas standards from influencing New Orleans schools. Additionally, the state of Louisiana has given financial support to private schools that teach creationism, and the New Orleans school board hopes that the new policy will ensure that creationism does not spread to public schools. The school board deserves praise for ensuring that students in the district are given a high quality education without being misled by inaccurate information.
Dear Mr. Robichaux,
The Orleans Parish School Board’s recent decision to prohibit schools from teaching creationism and religion in science and history classes will ensure that the information given to students in New Orleans schools is accurate and conforms to national academic standards.
The policy implemented by the Texas State Board of Education replaced historical facts with conservative and religious myths in order to persuade students to adopt conservative beliefs. School officials in states outside Texas fear that this policy might spread to influence schools throughout the country.
While religious studies are an important part of many students’ education, religious teachings do not belong in science and history classes, and your policy will prevent students in New Orleans schools from receiving inaccurate information in these classes. Thank you for ensuring that students in your district receive a high quality education, and I hope that the attention that has been given to this decision influences school districts in other parts of the country to adopt similar policies.
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