Florida tax dollars going to anti-science schools

We need to get the content of this Orlando Sentinel article out into the wider public view, so please share and blog and tweet about it as much as you can: Florida already funnels millions in tax dollars to religious schools. There are quite a few religious schools getting “voucher” money of one type or another here in Florida. But they’re not held to the same standards as public schools.

But the state has no control over the curriculum at private schools. Critics complain that the state is sending students to private religious schools at taxpayer expense without adequately assessing how students or schools perform.

The state requires that scholarship students in grades three to 10 take a standardized test each year but only takes a broad look at the results to see whether the scholarship students overall appear to be relatively on par with public-school students.

Some time ago I had attempted to research what tax-supported religious schools were using for the curriculum. I mainly looked at the schools’ websites. Whereas some schools freely admitted to using overtly religious materials, many schools don’t clearly mention what materials they use. Despite that, I still found quite a few schools that use books like this school does:

The school [Kingsway Christian Academy, in the Pine Hills section of Orange County] is operated by Faith Creation Fellowship church, and the school’s website promises “an education with a spiritual emphasis.” The school uses the A Beka Book series of Christian texts that are controversial for teaching strict biblical creationism in science classes and dismissing as heresy the evolution theory of man’s origin taught in public schools.

Maybe I’lll dig up my research and continue where I left off. For those of you unfamiliar with A Beka Book, take a look for yourself what this Pensacola company offers. Here’s a blurb about their 10th-grade Biology book:

Truly nonevolutionary in philosophy, spirit, and sequence of study. Begins with the familiar, tangible things of nature with special emphasis on the structure and function; and concludes with God’s amazing design at the cellular and chemical level.

This is being taught to children who are attending religious schools using Florida tax dollars (in one form or another). Help spread the word, folks. And if you want to help me with my research, please let me know and we’ll split up the work.

About Brandon Haught

Communications Director for Florida Citizens for Science.
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3 Responses to Florida tax dollars going to anti-science schools

  1. Pierce R. Butler says:

    All sorts of religious institutions for children in Florida are unmonitored hellholes.

  2. chris says:

    Pierce R Butler

    Pretty nasty stuff, but not typical. It’s sad to say given the history of Florida’s state reform school’s I wouldn’t expect any better.
    The Florida School for Boys at Marianna 109 Years of Child Cruelty.

  3. Chris says:

    Interesting article. The most striking comment however is, “We are competing for students.” The added competition will prove good for many students and could be good for the system that feeds off of them.

    What is not being mentioned here is that for the most part children who attend private and religious schools have parents who pay taxes. They pay both public school tax and tuition. And for all that expense they get diddly squat, if anything, in financial assistance, saving the state millions.

    We have two kids who aren’t kids anymore. Both went to a private Christian school K thru 12 and later they both chose Christian Colleges in different states. Having invested several hundred thousands, I estimate we saved the state around four hundred thousand. But regardless, I must say, based on the outcome, this was the best investment we’ve ever made.

    On another note, science is taught in every Christian school I’ve ever heard of. Perhaps the heading here should say, “Florida tax dollars going to anti-atheist schools.”

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