New Mexico “teacher” annoyed by reality

Religiously poisoned teachers aiming to ruin young minds are, of necessity, bullshitters. But most of them aren’t especially good at it, and when taking up an indefensible position it’s generally a good idea to have loads of high-quality bullshit at the ready.
In Bloomfield, New Mexico, a publicly funded home-school operation has apparently been using Christian curriculum materals for the past 11 years. Recently, the state education secretary stepped in and said “knock it off, this is illegal.” Here’s a story about it, newspaper and here’s a complaint from the usual lying suspects.
There’s really not much mystery here. From the Las Cruces Sun article:

“Religion is not incorporated in my classroom.”

From the OneNewsNow.com shitburst:

“Are there references to the Bible, to God in the materials? Yes, there are,” Harper explains. “You know, there might be a story about Jonah that the kids have to write. But as far as in the classroom, is it a place where we expound and preach and have worship or any of that? That does not go on in the classroom.”

Hmm. I may be slow, but I’m having a hard time reconciling these two quotes. Granted, I have no knowledge of what actually goes on in her classroom, and maybe there’s no genuine Christian slant. But I’ll go out on a limb and propose that Ms. Harper is a lying fucking twit, because she simply sees no problem with such a slant, laws be damned.
Finally, from the Web site of A Beka Books, the provider of the verboten “teaching” materials:

Our skilled researchers and writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks and add Biblical principles; they do primary research in every subject and look at the subject from God’s point of view. Of course, the most original source is always the Word of God, the only foundation for true scholarship in any area of human endeavor. Thus our publications are built upon the firm foundation of Scriptural truth.

Sure, no problem at all with using taxpayer money to fill kids’ minds with bullshit.
I think that liars for Jesus often don’t even know when they’re lying. They’ve been so pumped full of dishonesty from an early age that propagating it is the most honest thing they know. This makes them a menace, and I’m glad that Secretary Garcia stepped in and did her part to stave off the indoctrination of young minds with arrant lies and foolishness,

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  1. #1 by dean on March 7, 2009 - 5:42 pm

    It is sad, but there is a strong home-schooling movement in my area, and recently the participants have been writing numerous “letters to the editor” section of our paper. The purpose of the letters is to explain why they are homeschooling: the reasons are invariably some or all of these:
    “we can’t learn about god’s world in the public schools”
    “we can’t show others god’s wonder in the public schools”
    and so on. when parents write it is
    “we want to protect our kids from the influence of people who aren’t like us”
    “i don’t want my kids around people with other religous views, or no religious views”
    “I don’t want my kids to learn that science, or history, or **** contradicts the bible”
    just what we need – another generation of ignorant, socially inept, kids.

  2. #2 by speedwell on March 7, 2009 - 6:05 pm

    And those of us who want to homeschool our kids to keep them away from the anti-intellectualism, social dysfunction, and covert religious indoctrination get it from both sides. The atheist community thinks we’re morons for not sending our kids to the local badly-run jobs program for the incompetent and power-addled, and the religious community refuses to allow us into their homeschooling support groups. Gee, thanks.

  3. #3 by Kevin Beck on March 7, 2009 - 6:26 pm

    I realize that people who home-school their kids for all of the right reasons are caught in all manner of crossfire. Understand that my post makes no generalizations–it takes aim at an obvious instance of malfeasance and mocks it for what it is.
    Fortunately there are people who don’t roundly equate home-schooling with religious fundamentalism and stupidity.

  4. #4 by MikeMa on March 7, 2009 - 7:19 pm

    Kevin,
    I appreciate that those of us atheists who homeschooled for academic reasons get a break but in my county for every one of us there were ten of them. Very scary that these kids were getting there entire education filtered through the bible.

New Mexico “teacher” annoyed by reality

Religiously poisoned teachers aiming to ruin young minds are, of necessity, bullshitters. But most of them aren’t especially good at it, and when taking up an indefensible position it’s generally a good idea to have loads of high-quality bullshit at the ready.
In Bloomfield, New Mexico, a publicly funded home-school operation has apparently been using Christian curriculum materals for the past 11 years. Recently, the state education secretary stepped in and said “knock it off, this is illegal.” Here’s a story about it, newspaper and here’s a complaint from the usual lying suspects.
There’s really not much mystery here. From the Las Cruces Sun article:

“Religion is not incorporated in my classroom.”

From the OneNewsNow.com shitburst:

“Are there references to the Bible, to God in the materials? Yes, there are,” Harper explains. “You know, there might be a story about Jonah that the kids have to write. But as far as in the classroom, is it a place where we expound and preach and have worship or any of that? That does not go on in the classroom.”

Hmm. I may be slow, but I’m having a hard time reconciling these two quotes. Granted, I have no knowledge of what actually goes on in her classroom, and maybe there’s no genuine Christian slant. But I’ll go out on a limb and propose that Ms. Harper is a lying fucking twit, because she simply sees no problem with such a slant, laws be damned.
Finally, from the Web site of A Beka Books, the provider of the verboten “teaching” materials:

Our skilled researchers and writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks and add Biblical principles; they do primary research in every subject and look at the subject from God’s point of view. Of course, the most original source is always the Word of God, the only foundation for true scholarship in any area of human endeavor. Thus our publications are built upon the firm foundation of Scriptural truth.

Sure, no problem at all with using taxpayer money to fill kids’ minds with bullshit.
I think that liars for Jesus often don’t even know when they’re lying. They’ve been so pumped full of dishonesty from an early age that propagating it is the most honest thing they know. This makes them a menace, and I’m glad that Secretary Garcia stepped in and did her part to stave off the indoctrination of young minds with arrant lies and foolishness,

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