Nessie as evidence against evolution… and five odder things kids are taught

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The Accelerated Christian Education curriculum is used in more than 50 UK schools. How can it receive official backing?

Accelerated Christian Education’s fundamentalist curriculum is used by more than 50 British schools. It is known for silent classrooms where students teach themselves, using workbooks in isolated booths. Professor Harry Brighouse describes ACE’s view as “a teleological account of American history as leading to the ultimate fulfilment of God’s will“. You may be unsurprised to learn that ACE was founded in Texas. ACE made headlines last year for a science textbook that cites the existence of the Loch Ness monster as evidence against evolution. Despite this, government agency UK NARIC defended its decision to deem ACE’s in-house qualification, the International Certificate of Christian Education, comparable to A-levels. Incredibly, Nessie isn’t ACE’s most bizarre claim. Here are five more:

1) God is a right-winger. “Liberals” are the root of all political evil. God’s values are rightwing, and anything else is a rejection of His will. On a politics chart, “right” is associated with “absolute” and “God”, while “left” is connected to “no values” and “atheism.” The term “leftwing”, we learn, exists because “left” means “sinister”, “to twist something”, or “to corrupt.” Jesus, by contrast, taught that “we should use what we have to earn a profit.” If your political views lean left, you are neither a true Christian, nor a good citizen.

2) No transitional fossils exist. Despite the avalanche of transitional fossils, ACE still shouts about mysterious “gaps”: “Though evolutionists have been searching for transitional fossils for more than 100 years, they have found none,” narrates one Presenting Accelerated Christian Education video. Nope, none. Not only that, but we can be certain “no transitional fossils have been or will ever be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian and reptile as separate, unique animals.” I’m sure the scientists who excavated tiktaalik will be crushed to learn that their discovery doesn’t, in fact, exist. But even without fossils, evolution is thoroughly supported by DNA and a wealth of other evidence.

Written By: Jonny Scaramanga
continue to source article at guardian.co.uk

28 COMMENTS

  1. “God is a right-winger.” Jesus lays that kind, helpful, forgiving hippie stuff on pretty thick.

    “Solar fusion is a myth.” Where does the Sun get its energy from? Why is the main sequence model of stars so successful? Why have we achieved fusion in the lab with conditions not too different from those inside the Sun?

    “Because extensive tests have shown that there is no biological difference between homosexuals and others, these tests seem to prove that homosexuality is a learned behaviour.” Well, gays may have the same organs as straight people, but there are notable genetic differences. In any case, if it is learned behaviour, who are they learning it from, for what reason? To get themselves persecuted by Christians?

  2. Wow, just wow. A mythical/folk story animal is evidence against evolution? There are not enough face palms in existence for me to have. Now, I expect that here in the states to gain some traction, but not in the UK. What is happening across the pond :P

  3. While it is clearly right to be outraged by this waste of human potential and resources, warping of impressionable minds and clear evidence of yet more moronic political cowardice … there are two things we need to bear in mind.

    One. The number of pupils is very low:

    … it is extremely unlikely that anyone not of the faith would apply to send their children to an independent Christian school using an explicitly Christian curriculum. The schools and home educating organisation of CEE offer a Christian alternative for Christian families and hence … preferentially accept the children from Christian families. To maintain a credible Christian education, a school requires the support and agreement of the parent, which implies selection of those families which will provide that support.

    [source: CEE]

    Two. Tertiary education institutions will ignore this so-called ‘qualification’:

    Where UK NARIC provides a Statement of Comparability and a Certificate, these are for guidance purposes only and are non-binding. UK higher and further education institutions, and professional bodies, are independent organisations, which make their own decisions on admission, having regard to a variety of factors, of which qualifications are only one.

    [Source: UK NARIC, Code of Practice]

    The main down-sides are:

    • About 500 families (according to The Guardian) are wounding their children. As many people have already personally witnessed at this Site: They will lead lives of tortured ignorance.

    • Those children are being released into wider society – meaning we will all have to take on the burden and the costs of these deluded and dysfunctional citizens.

    • Any of those children who receives an ICCE award under the ACE curriculum can compete for employment alongside someone with real qualifications. Those of us who have laboured to get our children to focus on a developed mind that embraces uncertainty, probability, evidence, critical thinking and logic are being undermined.

    The BHA appears to be on the ball here – but are they focussing on the wrong target?

    UK NARIC (as the name implies) is the local branch of an international movement sponsored by the EU, the Council of Europe and UNESCO. It was all kicked off as part of the Lisbon Recognition Convention (1997). The Convention stipulates that qualifications must be recognised unless substantial differences can be proved by the institution that is charged with recognition (i.e. the NARIC).

    Before we get on our high horse regarding facts versus fiction in different curricula we should also note that the UK NARIC’s terms of reference for judging differences:

    The UK NARIC … Framework operates in a subtly different manner to qualifications frameworks which seek to harmonise the content and outcomes of national qualifications …

    UK NARIC seek[s] … to categorise the wide variety of international qualifications and to … differentiate between them in a coherent and accurate fashion.

    [source: UK NARIC]

    In plain English: We aim to classify international qualifications in very broad way, and those classes we make up are not specific they merely indicate things like the equivalent time spent.

    Why broad (I hear you ask)? Well, how do you compare courses with different curricula – applied and interpreted differently, working towards different outcomes – which may be incompatible, using different methods – of differential effectiveness, etc., etc. … ?

    Leaving aside the claim the results are actually “coherent”, and the obviously unconventional NARIC meaning of “accurate” …

    Under these criteria; if I study Fairyology for two years, mostly in a classroom environment and, with similar exams and coursework in terms of effort required and time taken – my Fairyology certificate will be equivalent to an A Level. (For US citizens: if I study Fairyology and similar courses in Flood Geology and the ancient Greek medical theory of humours a US NARIC will say I completed the equivalent of the first year of a four year college course).

    Note that a NARIC classified course can be fact free, they can even contain content that is proven false, and your local NARIC will classify the course as “equivalent to … [insert your own country's qualification here] “

    Which begs the question: What are the European Network of Information Centres (ENICs) and National Academic Recognition Information Centres (NARICs) actually for?

    Note to BHA: Are you concentrating only on symptomatic relief, rather than curing the real disease?

    Peace.

  4. So, every person who has been inside any natural history museum imagined the same delusion of invisible fossils? So, I was judt looking at hundreds of cases labeled with different fossil names and descriptions, and I was too stupid to know the difference between cases with fossils inside them and empty cases? Well, they know more about what MY eyes see better than I do. I sure am glad these people are here to tell all of us what all of our internal senses and faculties are actually doing to evety single one of us
    AND THERES NO FUCKING LOCH NESS MONSTER EITHER!!!!! AAAAAUUUGGGGHHH!!!

  5. Because evolutionists do not want to believe the only alternative – that the universe was created by God – they declare evolution is a fact and believe its impossible claims without any scientific proof!” While the scientists push their “indefensible theory”, ACE sees the obvious truth: “We have a risen Christ, unquestionable proofs and, as if we needed it, God has thrown in a host of inarguable evidences all around us!

    I yi yi yi yi! How the heck do their students swallow this without chocking on the irony?

  6. In reply to #8 by Sjoerd Westenborg:

    In reply to #6 by Virgin Mary:

    America really is the Saudi Arabia of the West!

    Ahem… the article is about the UK.

    Aye. It’s not somebody else’s problem; it’s probably already in your back yard. The Accelerated Christian Education curriculum may have originated in Texas, but it has been exported around the world.

    Apparently it’s also made it’s way here to Australia too. The Australian Christian Home Schooling has adopted it as their own.

  7. In reply to #10 by Greyman:

    “Apparently it’s also made it’s way here to Australia too. The Australian Christian Home Schooling has adopted it as their own.”

    Scripture and Biblical principles are woven into the curriculum, ensuring students are not exposed to humanistic teaching which conflicts with the Bible.

    I’m no expert on the Bible, but couldn’t your man Jesus be considered a humanist? All that stuff about not casting the first stone, healing the sick and whatnot. And dying for our sins. Christianity itself is predicated on the idea that God sent his son to Earth in human form so he could better understand us.

    No lesson preparation required. Our curriculum has been developed by curriculum writing experts.

    Really? One of your selling points is that parents don’t need to put any effort into their children’s education?

    Parents don’t have to find, access and compile their own lessons.

    No, all they have to do is sit back and watch their kid’s brain turn into mush.

    The curriculum covers all the core learning areas such as English, Maths, Science, Social Studies, Spelling, Grammar and Creative Writing. There are also over 50 Electives Secondary to choose from

    So spelling and grammar are not included under ‘English’? And how does little Rolf or Joylene make any progress in math when the Bible says that Pi is three?

    Children Mark Their Own Work.

    Oh come on!

    Many families who have tried other homeschooling curriculum have commented that this feature has been a tremendous blessing as it greatly reduces the time involved in the parent marking student work.

    I bet it bloody does. And curriculum is singular you berk.

    Suited for students with learning difficulties
    The course can be easily modified to suit those who take a little longer to grasp a concept or who can only cope with a reduced workload due to sickness. Parents are recommended to go the advanced level of support in such cases so that they will be able to get academic support and advice from our professional teaching staff.

    And if your child doesn’t have learning difficulties… well, she will after receiving her education from these people.

  8. This is one of the balmy ideas of nutty right-wing of UK politics, to let nutty right-wing teaching circumvent the National Curriculum through semi-private “education”. Naturally such a stupid idea has been exploited by the nutty creationists looking for an outlet to pour their delusions into children.

    Fortunately the infection is still fairly small.

    Reputable major companies and universities will probably decide that these qualifications are rubbish, so rubbish politicians may try to legislate to “stop them discriminating” at some stage.

    The quackology sector will probably welcome these unfortunate youngsters as employees!

  9. The Accelerated Christian Education curriculum is used in more than 50 UK schools. How can it receive official backing?

    This sort of “Accelerated Christian Education”, is developing education standards like an accelerating aircraft with its wings cut off is gaining altitude! It is the standard backwards assertive theist-speak – also illustrated in the OP quotes.

    Anyone who is too scientifically illiterate or dishonest, to understand and apply the word “evidence” correctly, is unfit to teach!

  10. From the article:

    they teach that solar fusion is “an invention of evolution scientists … “

    Well ain’t that just dandy! Jesus can smite a fig tree dead, but thum thar atheistictic, commie, scum scientists just add up numbers and invent things!

    It’s just too bad that Jesus ‘loves’ these inventive scientists, just as much as He loves the 30,000 odd children who die every day of poverty related issues! Sinners, – every one!

  11. From the article:

    “no transitional fossils have been or will ever be discovered because God created each type of fish, amphibian and reptile as separate, unique animals.”

    There used to be a certain honesty among 18th and 19th century Christians investigating nature. Jeez, Darwin was a Christian for many years. The early geologists quickly realised that the Earth was a lot older than what was claimed in the Bible. Full credit to them for owning up. These modern Texan liers for Jesus have no such excuse, nor their British understudies.

    They are the equivalent of the Christian intelligensia on the Titanic, arguing about which tune the band should play, whilst everyone else, who can make it, is headed for the life boats !

  12. In reply to #20 by Mr DArcy:

    If the bloody Loch Ness monster is evidence for Jesus, then Bigfoot must surely be evidence for Allah?

    Nah! Big-foot is what YECs put in their mouths every time they open them!

    The Loch Ness Monster is evidence of tourist gullibility!

    That reminds me of an old canny Scots joke!

    An old shepherd is stopped by a young tourist and asked how to find out about the Monster! The old fellow says, “I can sell you some ‘learning tablets’ for only £1 each. – They will enlighten you and clear your understanding”!

    The tourist says, “I’ll take five.” – pays the old chap, and puts the first one in his mouth.
    “Errrarg!!!” he says, – “That tastes like sheep dung!”
    “Aye! -yea’re learnin’ already!” says the old chap!

  13. Well I’m sure anyone who has been to Loch Ness in the summer months will know that the real monsters, billions of them, are the Highland Midges!

    In reply to #22 by Alan4discussion:

    In reply to #20 by Mr DArcy:

    If the bloody Loch Ness monster is evidence for Jesus, then Bigfoot must surely be evidence for Allah?

    Nah! Big-foot is what YECs put in their mouths every time they open them!

    The Loch Ness Monster is evidence of tourist gullibility!

    That reminds me of an old canny Scots joke!

    An old shepherd is stopped by a young tourist and asked how to find out about the Monster! The old fellow says, “I can sell you some ‘learning tablets’ for only £1 each. – They will enlighten you and clear your understanding”!

    The tourist says, “I’ll take five.” – pays the old chap, and puts the first one in his mouth.
    “Errrarg!!!” he says, – “That tastes like sheep dung!”
    “Aye! -yea’re learnin’ already!” says the old chap!

  14. Oh come on! This is a wind up and if it isn’t, why are we bothering to even discuss it? This is supposed to be a site about “reason & science” Why are we dignifying this crap with time and space. Ok, playing to the gallery is one thing but this is just a tabloid-like lunge for a chorus of approval. It really is not necessary to exist in a state of paranoid outrage in order to claim membership of the Enlightenment

    Can’t we writers and readers of RDFRS take it as read that there are deranged and deluded creeps out there, without the need to turn it into a freak show where we can all congratulate each other on our superiority?

  15. Philoctetes, whilst I would utterly love for this to be a wind up of some kind so that we could laugh at our own hair-trigger outrage, it appears that a tax-payer-funded body is (still) spending our hard-earned groats ‘assessing’ that a bizarre biblical doctrine is comparable to standard GCSE/A-levels in those subjects the ACE chooses to deny. They seem to be waving this in under Human Rights Law protecting ‘diversity’ and ‘freedom of religion’ (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/jt200809/jtselect/jtrights/169/169we49.htm).

    As Stephen of Wimbledon has already mentioned, why should they be allowed to undermine those with qualifications in subjects involving critical thinking, or at least, demonstrable facts? NARIC’s defence is that they (broadly) assess the teaching time and method, not the course content but since ACE uses ‘exams’ which I would have been insulted by as a 8-year old (http://leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/accelerated-christian-education-validated-by-uk-government-agency/), I can’t help but question the legality of inflicting this on future generations.

    I guess I could be comforted by the hope that any UK university should see through such bollocks but still a shame for the children involved…

  16. In reply to #24 by Philoctetes:

    This is supposed to be a site about “reason & science” Why are we dignifying this crap with time and space….

    Hi Philoctetes.
    Since these 50 schools (say 100 students each = 5000 graduates per year) are legally teaching un-reason and non-science, the situation is definitely something this site should be informed about.

    Since we generally agree that religious indoctrination is wrong – a form of child abuse – it is more important to criticize any schools that practice mind-crippling faith infection than some of the things that already brain-damaged religinut adults do.

    This ongoing plague of science-denying, dogmatic, idol worship must be fought, and inoculating children by keeping education real is vital, while generic Religions Instruction should only be taught as World History.

    I personally think all children should be excluded from all places of worship until reaching the age of majority, as a public mental health policy…. Mac.

  17. In reply to #23 by Mr DArcy:

    Well I’m sure anyone who has been to Loch Ness in the summer months will know that the real monsters, billions of them, are the Highland Midges!

    Aye, Mr DArcy, Nessie disnnae surface very often because o’ them damned midges. They got bites o’ me in the 60′s when ah wuz a Scot – drive ye bloody mental the wee buggers did…. Mac.

  18. It’s just counter-productive to respond with outrage. Laughing at the cretins is more appropriate. It is unlikely that anyone who believes this psuedo-”schmience” cack would visit these pages so; effectively, we are just jerking off. Hitch could do it but was still classed as an intellectual and therefore “untrustworthy” by the impressionable public. Our best hope is someone like Ricky Gervaise. He gets away with mocking A-List celebrities so “god and his minions” is child’s’ play for him. Pity Stephen Fry is such a National Treasure, because he is one of us but maintains the love of the nation by targeting the more mundane subjects with his rapier wit.

  19. In reply to #23 by Mr DArcy:

    Well I’m sure anyone who has been to Loch Ness in the summer months will know that the real monsters, billions of them, are the Highland Midges!

    Technology can provide some local solutions here to reduce the little monsters!

    http://www.martleyelectronics.co.uk/mosquito-control/644-predator-mosquito-midge-trap.html

    New Predator Dynamic Mosquito & Midge trap, probably the most powerful and effective mosquito and midge trap currently available in the UK.

    The Predator Dynamic has been developed to attract female mosquitoes and midges in a large area, and will ensure mosquito and midge colonies in this area will signifcantly deteriorate and in many cases be extinguished altogether.

    The product has been designed to attract the majority of mosquito and midge species, and has many innovative features to ensure maximum performance. Plus, it has an effective range of up to 5000 square metres!

    How it works.

    The Predator Dynamic mimics a perspiring person and
    uses a total of 6 methods to attract female mosquitoes
    and midges:

    • Breath (CO2: moist and heat)

    • Heat (body skin temperature)

    • Sweat (rapid action attractant)

    • Movement (blinking LED light)

    • Water trap (wet tray in collector)

    • Light (attracts 360 degrees using UV-LED lights)

    Once attracted, the unit catches the mosquitoes in
    two ways:

    • Strong vacuum fan that sucks the insects in and
    dehydrates them to die

    • Rapid action sticky paper: powerful glue trap with
    contrast pattern

    ..

    Now! Do we have some enterprising scientists who can devise a device to suck in and contain a range of predatory creationists!

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