Thursday, January 05, 2006


Creed Against Curriculum

AP reporter Michelle Locke writes that it's creed against curriculum in a suit by the Association of Christian Schools International against the University of California system.

The Christian schools claim their students are being discriminated against, but UC officials say the university's objections are academic.

“It’s not that we’re trying to prevent students from getting exposure to the ideas in these textbooks,” said Christopher Patti, UC legal counsel. “It’s just that they don’t adequately teach the subject matter, in the view of the faculty.” The questioned textbooks come from Beka Books of Pensacola, Fla., and Bob Jones University Press of Greenville, S.C. ...

Patti says, “We’re not prohibiting them from teaching any of these courses and we’re not saying that students who take these courses aren’t permitted to attend the university.... We’re just saying that (the courses) don’t meet our requirements.” He said UC does allow use of the disputed books but only as supplements, not main textbooks.

PZ Myers, who publishes the Pharyngula blog, took a look at Beka Book's Biology: God's Living Creation in a post published yesterday. Take a look yourself at why UC doesn't think it meets the standards required of an incoming freshman.


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