This Is A Real Science Quiz From A Creationist Elementary School

Science, American style, from Valerie Strauss in the Washington Post:

The following fourth grade science quiz for a unit called “Dinosaurs: Genesis and the Gospel” has been making the rounds on Facebook and elsewhere on the Internet, and it turns out it is real. The quiz was given at a private religious school [Blue Ridge Christian Academy] in South Carolina.

Here’s one question and correct answer:

Q) The next time someone says the earth is billions (or millions) of years old, what can you say?
A) were you there

There are religious schools around the country that teach this, including some that take students who have publicly funded vouchers. Some of these schools take students on field trips to the Creation Museum in Kentucky, which has exhibits and shows that promote creationist theory.

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44 Comments on "This Is A Real Science Quiz From A Creationist Elementary School"

  1. DeepCough | May 31, 2013 at 3:52 pm |

    nuhnuhnuhnuhnuhnuhnuh LEADER!

  2. There are literally MILLIONS of illiterate religious fanatics in this country. This kinda shite just helps to perpetuate that.
    This is one of the major reasons why we can never have nice things like actual civilized countries enjoy:( We have huge segments of the population actively involved in their own oppression.
    “Amerika, fuck yeah!”

  3. Simon Valentine | May 31, 2013 at 4:29 pm |

    and a program

    the code embedded

    just make them into the agents they dream of being

  4. bobbiethejean | May 31, 2013 at 5:48 pm |

    As if being an adult and believing this stupid shit isn’t bad enough, brainwashing children to believe it….. that’s vile.

    • Yep, I’d go so far as to say criminal.

    • InfvoCuernos | May 31, 2013 at 7:32 pm |

      Gotta indoctrinate them while they’re young, otherwise they won’t buy into the bullshit.

      • bobbiethejean | May 31, 2013 at 8:04 pm |

        Unfortunately, that kind of brainwashing can affect a person’s ability to reason all the way into adulthood, permanently hindering their capacity to think critically and flexibly. : That, to me, is scary as hell.

        • InfvoCuernos | Jun 1, 2013 at 12:12 am |

          That is exactly why they do it! They want androids that follow the programing. This is how you control a population before there was cameras on every corner and drones and satellites. Just convince them that the king satellite in the sky is watching everything and then you tell them what they can and can’t do. You also need to get the believers to watch out for the non-believers and fight them with their last breath. That’s what you see here. I feel like this whole evolution thing has gotten worse in the last ten years, like this is the last gasp of the dying church.

        • seanooski | Jun 1, 2013 at 8:22 am |

          It has taken me decades to fully come to terms with my former faith and to repair the damage it did to my own ability to reason and think properly. Consistently holding contradictions in one’s head and believing them all equally is what does the damage. In my case, it wasn’t permanent, but it is something I will wrestle with for the rest of my life. Children are indoctrinated as early as possible precisely to prevent them from developing the natural cognitive abilities that will render such fairy tales powerless. It is the equivalent of foot binding. It keeps them simple, helpless, forever manipulatable, and unable to escape, or to even realize they are bound. Some of us are lucky enough to break free, but not nearly enough, and not without scars.

          • Serenity Lithae | Oct 4, 2014 at 8:44 pm |

            Congratulations on breaking free! That takes a lot of will-power, especially if you were indoctrinated at an early age or if you have a lot of family members who are very intense with religion. Hope you and others like you can help others be able to think a little more rationally before these extreme forms of religion cause damage to society that we’ll never be able to fix.:/

            I really want to see us get out there into space, colonize Mars, and make all sorts of scientific breakthroughs we can’t even dream of yet! All of that would be impossible if we followed religious extremists. We wouldn’t be able to calculate basic things like the age of the earth/other planets/rock in general, or even study them properly.
            And there is so much awesome stuff out there!

    • DeepCough | May 31, 2013 at 7:53 pm |

      I had a sibling who went to a Christian school. When I read the textbook, it caused me a mild brain lesion.

  5. VaudeVillain | May 31, 2013 at 5:57 pm |

    Weirdly, never in my own public, evolution-inclusive, non-creationist science education nor in anyone else with a similar education that I am aware of, was I ever asked any questions so openly hostile to dissenting opinions. Assuming that the test is representative of the curriculum, it looks like roughly half of their time is actually spent learning sub-standard rhetoric. If they aren’t even going to provide a quality education on the Bible, a subject of at least arguable value, then what’s the point?

    • The point is to keep people stupid, bigoted, ignorant and to kill any kind of critical thinking. This is indoctrination and propaganda not education.

      • VaudeVillain | Jun 1, 2013 at 12:43 am |

        I like to play this strange game where I absurdly assume that most people, not all but most, have genuinely good intentions and really do try to do the right thing.

        It sounds crazy, but it’s the only way I can make myself wake up in the morning.

        So, given those parameters… this school simply doesn’t make sense. I can’t find a reason that well-meaning, sincere individuals of conscience and conviction would bother sending their children to a school which does such a plainly shoddy job of teaching what it purports to teach.

        A funny side effect of this game is that, when interacting with people who do not share my opinions, I find that I have better results persuading them to do things. But if you’ve had good luck with foaming at the mouth and ranting, then by all means carry on.

        • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Jun 1, 2013 at 12:58 am |

          Imagine thinking that if you let children reason (with false worldly logic) that they will be tortured for all eternity. This school makes perfect sense, if you realize these people are delusional.

          I mean, they think a loving God let his only son be crucified because he couldn’t let go of a grudge. That’s just silly. But they’re all in. That’s the power of delusion.

          • kowalityjesus | Jun 1, 2013 at 10:31 am |

            A man spoke with me last night about being in a room and feeling being watched and “that is the angel of the Lord” or seeing a shadow person run by ‘that is the angel of the Lord.” I just wanted to be like, buddy, your shit is haunted.

            There is a time and place to apply the beliefs of Christianity; it is universal but not ubiquitous…look at me, my Grandma thinks I should be a priest. too far gone.


          • Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Jun 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm |

            A time and place to apply. so true. when there is shame, where there is hunger. too often these are neglected by the spiritually insecure, in favor of shoring up their emotional defenses.

        • Sigh . . . your point is well taken. Of course it does me absolutely no good to get angry. But, damnit, when faced with . . . all this nonsense, it ain’t easy to remain unaffected.
          Perhaps a Disinfo fast is in order.

  6. the worst part is that the idiocy prevails at every tier. One can now be homeschooled to be ignorant…attend a Christian school for finishing and remain ignorant, then follow up with a degree from a religious college that encourages that same ignorance to remain firmly in place throughout adulthood. American evangelism has built itself a government funded echo chamber that can pump out countless thousands of intellectually crippled moral failures, utterly devoid of real world experience, completely comfortable in passing judgement on matters they literally know nothing of except quotes from their instructors. Goebbels would be in awe of programming on that level.

    • Word!

    • kowalityjesus | Jun 1, 2013 at 10:21 am |

      Is that why I have such a hard time making friends in America but seem to get along with Europeans famously? holy fuck I can’t wait to spend 6 weeks in Austria this summer.

      • Heck, I enjoyed nearly everyone I met overseas..except for one French guy who got busted not paying for a train ticket…that dude…seriously annoying. But other than that, I got drunk with Aussies, Brits, New Zealanders, South Aficans, Bengalis, Japanese, etc ad infinitum…great folks one and all. Have fun!!

      • Serenity Lithae | Oct 4, 2014 at 8:35 pm |

        Only if you’re looking for friends in the south! Try the northeast or northwest! Colorado (westmid-westish) also seems to have good people despite being surrounded by bible-belters.

        Religious crazies are rare up here in the north-east though! Thankfully.

        • kowalityjesus | Oct 5, 2014 at 12:29 am |

          I have a distinct relatability to religious crazies, a good portion of them anyways. There are very few groups that I am completely alien to, but it’s not always fun here in Chicago. Lots of dum-dums

  7. BuzzCoastin | May 31, 2013 at 8:40 pm |

    doesn’t sound much worse
    than the bullshit that passes for edumacation in the public schools
    it’s just not mainstream bullshit
    like if
    they were teaching that aMerka was the freest most fair kuntery on Earth
    it would pass with flying colors: red, white & blew

    • Serenity Lithae | Oct 4, 2014 at 8:47 pm |

      They never taught anything like that back when I was in school. They did teach us more about American history than World History, which I think we need to change, but there wasn’t anything overly patriotic.

  8. Q: The next time someone says Jesus died on the cross for your sins and was resurrected, what can you say?

    A: Were you there?

  9. Noah_Nine | Jun 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm |

    people actually DID live with dinosaurs… the Flintstones proves it….

  10. VivianMaloney | Jun 5, 2013 at 4:39 pm |

    Fundamentalist schools often teach this pseudo “science,” homphobic ideas, and “fetal personhood.” What upsets me most is, as you wrote, these schools take students with vouchers. That’s our tax money!
    It’s time to end vouchers.

  11. nubwaxer | Jun 6, 2013 at 1:04 pm |

    the parents damn their children to ignorance, which to me is child abuse, and some are doing it at tax payer expense, which seems like a form of welfare fraud.

  12. Raymond Garbo | Oct 4, 2014 at 7:01 am |

    This isn’t education, this is brainwashing.

  13. the biophysicist | Oct 4, 2014 at 7:48 am |

    This is a hoax surely. If not god help us.

  14. “Raised to be stupid, taught to be nothing at all.” -Marilyn Manson, I Don’t Like the Drugs(But the Drugs Like Me)

  15. Juan Flores III | Oct 4, 2014 at 4:07 pm |

    Isn’t it the same indoctrination in a public school? Dinosaurs are millions of years old say the textbooks, therefore you must believe it to be true. It’s no better. Please don’t give me radioactive dating methods, as all are proven to be inaccurate.

    • Serenity Lithae | Oct 4, 2014 at 9:08 pm |

      I don’t think you quite understand what radiometric (radioactive) dating is exactly. It’s not just one form of dating, and it’s accurate within a certain timeline. Modern radiometric dating includes radiocarbon dating, potassium-argon dating, and uranium-lead dating, which are only the best known ones.
      The only element that makes dating radioactive decay in materials “inaccurate” is that the start point of the decay is usually random, it starts at any point, but the decay rates are set in stone, as you could say. They don’t change (unless it’s beryllium-7, strontium-85, or zirconium-89, which outside factors can change the decay rate– which are not used for dating).
      Each type of element decays at a very specific rate (it’s half-life stays the same), Tritium is about 10 years, while Samarium-147 is over 100 billion!

      So even though the start of the decay rate can’t be measured, the time that it decays is pretty accurate within the determined half-life cycles. This means it can only be OLDER than the date gotten from radiometric dating. (No where near 4,000 years like religious extremists say) So the Earth can only be older than what science tells us now, by dating ALL the types of long-term elements we can, we can get closer and closer to the actual date of something, even the Earth.

      • Juan Flores III | Oct 9, 2014 at 11:15 pm |

        So you test the rocks/minerals/elements to see how old the fossil is?

  16. K Solomon | Oct 5, 2014 at 4:49 am |

    Thanks to the ZioNazis for the curriculum and the Abrahamic fairy tales that persist so nicely through time… get them young and you can scar them for life.

  17. …And my good mood has been put down like a sick dog. This is downright -revolting-.

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