Friday, December 01, 2006


Louisianna School District: The Next Dover?

The Shreveport Times reports that the Ouachita Parish School Board passed a resolution Wednesday that states, in part, "Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution), the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics may generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society."

Highlight of the board's discussion: School Board member Red Sims said, "I'd like to know what the teachers are going to be teaching." Sims commented that his early recollections of the Darwin theory were that people came from monkeys. "I hope they won't be teaching that."

The resolution is supported by the Louisiana Family Forum, associated with James Dobson's Focus on the Family and Family Research Council, which notes on its website that "the Ouachita Parish School Board was the first parish to implement the Bible as History and Literature course in Louisiana." The LFF commends the board for voting unanimously to become the first Louisiana school system to adopt a Science Curriculum Policy Resolution.

LFF's mission is to present biblical principles in the centers of influence, including foundational values derived from transcendent scriptural truth.

"It seems that there is a sense of parental interest here regarding the welfare of their children," says retired Judge Darrell White, an LFF spokesman, adding that this interest along with Bible classes already being taught in the district suggested that the parish might be receptive to passing such a policy.


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