Target: Accelerated Christian Education, Inc
Goal: Stop teaching children that the Loch Ness Monster is real
Most people today are aware that the Loch Ness Monster is a legend, but a Christian textbook publisher based in Tennessee apparently missed the memo. Biology textbooks from Accelerated Christian Education, Inc. contain the claim that the Loch Ness monster is real, and use this to assert that dinosaurs still exist today. The passage will be removed from textbooks sold in Europe after parents there recently expressed opposition, but it has not yet been removed from textbooks sold in America.
The textbook makes the claim that the Loch Ness Monster “has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed” before going on to state that the Monster is actually a dinosaur. This false claim is then used as “proof” that dinosaurs still walk the earth. Teaching children falsehoods like these as a part of their introduction to science is dangerous because it establishes a faulty foundation for their future education. Even if the false views are later corrected, children may be left confused and skeptical of educators as a result of the contradiction.
By including the claims that the Loch Ness Monster is real and that dinosaurs currently exist on earth, Accelerated Christian Education, Inc. shows a dedication to promoting a particular fundamentalist ideology as opposed to teaching scientific facts. This not only damages the credibility of the company’s textbooks and the schools that use them, but also puts children at risk of being deliberately misinformed. Please sign the petition below to demand that the false statements are removed from all versions of the textbook, including those sold in America.
Dear Accelerated Christian Education,
Recently, parents and media outlets in Europe became aware of a controversial passage in one of your company’s biology textbooks. The book teaches the existence of the Loch Ness Monster as fact, and goes a step further by claiming the Monster’s alleged existence as “proof” that dinosaurs still roam the earth. Any student of science and history knows both of these statements to be untrue, which explains why parents in the United Kingdom and other countries were uncomfortable with it being taught in the classroom.
Although you have announced plans to remove the offending passage from the textbooks sold in Europe, you have not committed to correcting the versions of the book used here in the United States. These claims are unsupported by evidence, and serve only to misinform and confuse young students. This is not acceptable in any healthy learning environment, foreign or domestic. Please commit to removing the false claims about dinosaurs and the Loch Ness monster from all elements of your science curriculum.
[Your Name Here]
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