Loch Ness Monster Trumps Evolution

I surfed to this piece from RNS which noted that one creationism textbook cited the Loch Ness Monster as an example of a dinosaur that didn’t go extinct. I would love to see that textbook section. Especially given that plesiosaurs were not dinosaurs. We’re talking lizards and gators here, or apples and oranges in the vernacular.

It is true that many biologists and paleontologists think dinosaurs didn’t go extinct–a subset of them seem to have evolved into birds. But that premise would be a no-no in some Christian school curricula.

Getting back to the pokes taken at charter schools, especially in Louisiana, there is some comparison of testing to suggest that students there perform more poorly than the supposedly-poor level of some public schools. Some students seem to be better readers. But developing good readers is a function of parental example, especially dads.

Overall, a lot of charter schools are failing. Some reconstituted as “Christian schools” to avoid being cast into the outer academic darkness entirely.

From the article:

New Orleans resident Alicia Bordere(‘s) … 7-year-old daughter got a voucher in kindergarten and has been using it ever since to attend a private Christian school. Its test results have consistently been so awful that the state will no longer let it take in new voucher students. But Bordere has chosen to stay, as long as the state will pay the tuition. She likes the school’s Bible  study. She believes her daughter is safe there. And she refuses to accept that the rock-bottom test scores signal academic weakness.

“Overall,” Bordere said, “it’s a good school.”

Parental abdication of responsibility.

On the other hand, Ms Bordere’s daughter’s school may well be “good.” The question for public support for the school is not its goodness but its effectiveness.

Going deeper, it seems that even for the issues of personal importance, parents are more than willing to pay someone else to cover their responsibilities. Or best of all, to get someone else to pay. If the Bible were really important, a parent would read the Bible before the kids got to kindergarten. Especially dads.

Take advantage of the innumerable free web resources if you can, if you must. Get good counsel from a religious educator–that’s optimal. My colleague on staff has all sorts of good resources and ideas. He’d be over the moon if parents came knocking at his door with a desire to continue family faith formation over school breaks or during the summer.

Getting back to abdication of responsibility, failing test scores on all fronts aside, parents can set the expectations early. But most all don’t. And kids are not fooled. We wouldn’t dream of giving up our parental rights where our children are concerned. And yet so many of us abdicate our responsibilities, especially when it comes to education. And I’m sure that very early kids see where the parental priorities are.

Failing schools? Maybe their grades, bad as they might be, are higher than that of many parents.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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