Say No to Creationist Vouchers

On April 18, 2012, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed into law the most expansive and sweeping voucher program in the nation’s history, the Student Scholarship for Educational Excellence Program (or the SSEEP). The SSEEP is, in effect, a creationist voucher program, diverting precious state and local resources from public schools and into the coffers of radical religious schools. During the last several months, state, national, and international media have exposed the program’s enormous flaws: among other things, it is providing millions in taxpayer dollars to at least twenty schools that teach Young Earth Creationism instead of evolution; it is funding several schools that appear to lack basic infrastructure; it is propping up a school that is led by a self-appointed “apostle and prophet.”  It is funding schools that teach the Loch Ness Monster is real and disproves evolution.

And most disturbingly, Louisiana’s program is being hailed by many in the religious right as a “model” for the nation.

During the next few months, Texas and other states across the country will introduce their own programs soon, programs that will likely mirror Louisiana’s law.

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4 Responses to Say No to Creationist Vouchers

  1. Looking forward to more posts, Zack.

  2. Dan says:

    Do you have any links to these articles you mention besides the loch ness one. I’d be interested in reading them

  3. Zack, I was planning on starting a group in Central Florida to defend and promote science, science literacy, and science education from pre-K thru 12, when I heard your story on NPR’s Science Friday. Excellent work! Florida has, and will attempt to pass pro-creationist & anti science laws that will affect not just the school system, but everything beyond it. I have a strong love for the sciences, but my focus now is in what my daughters will have to deal with, and without intervention, they would become science illiterate at the very least. I am not against any religion, or religion being taught in private or public schools as a religious studies analysis, but this (for lack of a better word) attack on science by some who wish their beliefs should be imposed on others, and to ignore evidence, logic, reasoning, and creative investigation into how reality works, will not only hamper the personal and scholastic growth of students, but also hamper our economy and competitiveness as a nation.

    If there is any small way that I can be of assistance, please feel free to contact me via e-mail. Great work bringing this to a national level, and don’t forget to finish your own education while defending others.

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